It’s not very often that one can point to modern television for a good example of conservatism or libertarian thought, but we have a rare exception to share.
On a recent episode of the hit show Downton Abbey, Dowager Countess Violet Crawley delivered an epic argument against big government and all of its failings.
To provide background, one subplot of the show involves a smaller hospital relinquishing control to a larger hospital, a move the Countess resists. Crawley, it seems, opposes government encroachment on every aspect of the individual’s life – particularly healthcare.
Via the Washington Examiner:
Though other characters in the show are in favor of the move, arguing it would bring more modern equipment and treatments to the village, Violet is fighting the idea tooth and nail, warning it would deprive the locals of their autonomy and there would be less individualized care.
On Sunday’s episode, Violet (played by the brilliant Maggie Smith) made the case that there was a broader importance to fighting the hospital takeover.
“For years I’ve watched governments take control of our lives, and their argument is always the same — fewer costs, greater efficiency — but the result is the same too,” Violet said. “Less control by the people, more control by the state, until the individual’s own wishes count for nothing. That is what I consider my duty to resist.”
She went on to argue, “Your great-grandchildren won’t thank you when the state is all powerful because we didn’t fight.”
Check out the anti-government clip below:
The show takes place in 1925, and in 1948 Britain instituted national health care with the formation of the National Health Service (NHS).
Philip Klein provides an extensive rundown of the failures of the NHS which you can read here, in anticipation of those failures coming to the United States thanks to ObamaCare.
Comment: Do you watch the show Downton Abbey? What did you think of the strong message against big government within the story? Share your thoughts below.