The Corner

Freshman Hazing Iii

Last one:

Dear Mr. Goldberg,

Sounds like your Georgetown correspondent has been reading John Rawls

and a curious inversion of Nietzsche–Nietzsche despised the

untermenschen priests who create religion as a way to keep down the

strong blond beasts; our Georgetownian seems to think binding the beast

is a good idea. He identifies precisely why I don’t trust atheists: the

only reason he will support my freedom is his self-interest, and I have

rather less confidence than he does that his perception of his

self-interest won’t change someday to accomodate enslaving me. I rely

for my freedom on those who believe that freedom is God-given, and will

not take it away no matter how advantageous they would find the prospect.