Thursday, March 19, 2009

Compelled Freedom

R.R. Reno has review of a biography on modernist architect, Le Corbusier. While his emphasis is on the architect's dehumanizing style, he makes a comment that applies more broadly:

When men are forced to be free and compelled into an imagined state of equality, we invariably end up with grey ugliness—and the vague odor of violence that empties public spaces.

Or, in the words of Neil Peart, "Now the trees are all made equal by hatchet, axe, and saw."
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