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Frederick Douglass

November 6th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I just listened to Debi Ghate’s inspiring lecture on the life of Frederick Douglass. The man lived an extraordinary life as he rose from a slave who taught himself to read to a political leader and advisor to presidents. Through every crisis he was a principled individualist; this was the source of his strength and it also made him a lot of enemies among the pragmatists, moderates and appeasers. There will always be cowards and fools, it seems.

I intend to study Douglass more closely, not just because his story is a remarkable part of our history that every American should know, but because the lessons of his life will become increasingly important as our nation continues its descent into collectivism. Douglass fought the crude collectivism that is racism; today we fight the more refined and insidious collectivism of the welfare state.

One obvious lesson is that there is no substitute for courage. Look at how the left has fought the Tea Party protests with smears, and how it stopped Rush Limbaugh’s attempt to buy an NFL team with outright lies. The left wants to shut up its opponents with a climate of fear. In such a culture, courage will be dearly wanted. Douglass’s example is needed now more than ever.

3 Comments so far ↓

  • Beth Haynes

    Myrhaf,
    Douglass is indeed and amazing man. In our current fight to hold on to and regain liberty within this country, I think we can learn much from men such as Douglass, Booker T. Washington and even W.E.B. du Bois. I wrote a post a while back on my discovery of the works of these three men. A book now on my shelves which I eagerly look forward to having the time to read is the biography of Douglass by B.T. Washington. Thank you for the reminder!

  • Michael Labeit

    Booker T. Washington is considered something of an “uncle Tom” by some black “intellectuals” today because his proposed method of escaping poverty lacked the political ambitiousness and acrimony of DuBois’s method. Washington urged blacks to pursue economic power while DuBois lobbyed for more political power.

    Douglas and Washington deserve our admiration but DuBois’s communism and sympathy for both Hitler and Stalin tell me everything I need to know about his judgment.

  • Mike

    Wait… am I misremembering my history here? Wasn’t WEB du Bois the man who expected blacks and whites to be separate like fingers socially, but united like the hand under the law? While I’m sure that idea was audacious for its time, I’m not sure it’s the line in the sand du Bois seems credited for drawing. Is it?