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Leftists Have No Respect For Individual Liberty

Jeff Katz
April 30, 2020 - 12:18 pm

Leftist filmmaker Ken Burns on Wednesday trashed the idea of "individual freedom" during a time of crisis and praised the "central role" of the government during tough times.

During an appearance on NBC's "Today Show," Burns said he hoped the coronavirus crisis would bring about "fundamental change" and that "we don’t then just go back to the old ways."

After being asked by co-host Hoda Kotb where this particular crisis "will find itself in history," Burns replied, "It’s unprecedented, it will be up there with discussions of the Depression, of the Civil War, of obviously the Second World War....the kind of togetherness that was necessary to do that, the subsuming of 'what I want,' individual freedom, to the larger 'what we need,' the collective freedom that has always gotten us through tough times."

Kotb followed up by asking how this might change the American people going forward, and Burns said he hopes this pandemic will make Americans want bigger government:

We have an opportunity with this crisis to reset, to get away from the kind of knee-jerk divisions, the idea that it’s easier to arouse a mob than it is to appeal to our better angels. And we’re seeing people realizing the central role that government has always played in our life. It’s been very easy over the last several decades to just knee-jerk, you know, bash government, but I know we now see that government becomes the focal point, the fulcrum to help us get through these crises.