So I don’t know how many of you have read the book, A Clockwork Orange, or seen the movie, but if youve done either I want to talk about whether it is better to have the right choice made for you or to make the wrong choice on your own. If you havent read the book, seriously, read it tomorrow.
it’s better to make the right choice on your own. Burgess clearly advocated freewill above virtue, but Alex was still a douchebag. I don’t think Burgess was defining any type of individualistic virtue so much as defending the broad principle of freewill. It’s similar to the quote by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, “I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it?” The fact that Alex misused his freewill does not negate his right to have it. So to actually answer your question: my opinion, in the macro sense of political ethics, is that it is better to be allowed to make the wrong choices on your own, despite the ironic fact that this freedom leaves the possibility for micro/individualistic immorality.
Good topic… this could spur an interesting debate.
I definitely agree with you, and I will also be an advocate of free will. I like that quote too. But, if you’ve read the final chapter of the book that wasn’t originally published, I’m wondering if would ever change anyone’s mind. It makes me think twice about free will vs government control for sure.