The following is excerpted from the second part of an essay by David Theroux, who is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute. The full part II of the essay is here. Part I is here. Theroux recently appeared on WichitaLiberty.TV; see WichitaLiberty.TV December 1, 2013.
Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy, Part II
By David J. Theroux
(An excerpt from the conclusion.)
In short, postmodern, cultural elites disdain almost everything upon which civilization has rested and work toward silencing all contrary views. Litmus tests that trigger such campaigns have included (but are not limited to) global warming, Obamacare, gender and race identity, Judeo-Christian beliefs, and birth- and gun- control.
In response, Duck Dynasty has remarkably broken through this Nanny-State malaise, connecting with many millions of people fed up with the absurdities and bullying of “liberal” elites. And whether viewers consider homosexuality a sin or not, the show has further raised a crucial tenet of the natural law, the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” C. S. Lewis showed in his brilliant book The Abolition of Man and other writings that the natural law is central to individual liberty, personal responsibility, civic virtue, and the rule of law, and has been universal to all civilizations and essential for their very existence, even as rulers have repeatedly and hypocritically exempted themselves from it.
Continue reading at Duck Dynasty and the Secular Theocracy, Part II.