Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87



"There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation" - Margaret Thatcher

I have mixed feeling about the former Prime Minister. On the one hand, she was an inspirational speaker against the evils of socialism. But on the other hand, both she and Reagan started the neoconservative trend of campaigning like libertarians while reigning like totalitarians.

They may have spoke well of limited government and free markets, but their actions rarely reflected it. This is especially true with foreign policy, as both were extremely hawkish, and started the "police the world" mentality that was inherited by their predecessors Bush and Blair.

So while I will not speak ill of the dead, neither will I blindly worship them. As much as the right lionizes these two, in the end, they were not demigods, they were flawed human beings. As such, we should recognize their flaws as well as their accomplishments.