Natural and Artificial Camaraderie

A short while ago, I encountered an unusually bizarre speech on a leftist site.  A cancer survivor, Jim Gilliam, detailing his physical and emotional struggles with cancer, explained how his very survival depended not only upon his determination, but upon a sea of knowing and unknowing participants in a sort of indescribable camaraderie.  In fact, had his activist friends not intervened for him, causing such an uproar that a medical center felt obligated to give him a lung transplant, it is likely that he would be dead today. It is entirely true, of course, that humans, in their quality of life, and oftentimes in life itself, are profoundly interdependent.  But Gilliam's enlightenment immediately admits something of which conservatives, if they are interested in the perpetual establishment of liberty, should take note.  His survival through surgery, though dependent upon a sea of men -- scientists, professors, surgeons, book publishers, technicians, code...(Read Full Article)

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