This was written by Efraim Podoksik, originally in Hebrew and then translated into English very recently.
It was posted on Facebook by Lev Stesin, and I am merely copying it here.
I think it is brilliantly stated.
I will add that:
1) It is important to make a distinction between classical liberalism and the modern political liberalism of the Left. The latter is functionally an offshoot of traditional fascist ideology.
2) The 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights does not exist in a vacuum. Its purpose is to make sure we can protect the three fundamental freedoms Efraim Podoksis discusses here.
What is often missing from the discussions on the freedom of speech is a proper understanding of the essence of this freedom, at least with regard to liberalism in its broad meaning. Although the liberal world view puts freedom at the centre of its social programme, this does not mean that it considers freedom to be an axiom that does not need any rational justification. In fact, the liberalism's devotion to freedom is derived from its devotion to a more fundamental principle - human dignity - and from a certain ontology regarding human nature through which it conceives of human dignity. For liberalism, to be human is first and foremost to enjoy the dignity which inherently belongs to a free man: every injury to the free spontaneity of the soul is an injury to the dignity and image of man.
For this reason, even though liberalism would prefer to expand all kinds of liberty to their maximum, it does not assign to all kinds of liberty an equal degree of importance. When a certain liberty belongs to the core of human soul, its preservation is considered more important, and the degree of its absoluteness raises: for an injury to it is, in fact, an act of humiliation. Whereas other liberties belong to the soul's periphery and an injury to them is less critical in respect of human dignity. From the liberalism's point of view, these liberties are instrumental: they are important simply because of their contribution to progress and good society. Unlike them, liberties, such as the freedom of speech, are fundamental: life without them loses in value and sweetness. These liberties do not advance anything. On the contrary, we live in order to enjoy these liberties every day and every hour, for they are the goal of life.
In my view, there are three liberties which are an integral part of our humanity, and therefore to take them away from us would compromise our humanity: the freedom to believe, the freedom to speak and the freedom to love.
The noble modern world emerged from the story of a gradual recognition by the humankind of the absoluteness of these liberties. In fact, it is by the act of recognizing them that the humankind at last brought the purpose of its existence to realization.
The freedom to believe was the first in the queue (the Reformation); it was followed by the recognition of the freedom to speak (the principal motive behind the Enlightenment movement); and the freedom to love was the last to emerge from the underground (Romanticism). Since then, these are the three pillars of any worthy society.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.