Toleration Does Not Require Calling Evil Good
In the early morning of July 6th, an explosion damaged a monument in Georgia known as the Georgia Guidestones. Because of the damage, the rest of the monument was demolished for safety reasons. The stones were erected by anonymous donors in 1980 and list ten principles for humanity. At the time of writing, it seems that the explosion was the result of purposeful sabotage.
Writing at Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok compares the willful destruction of the monument to the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban in 2001. These massive statues carved into the mountainside were over a millennium old and were a reminder of the once flourishing Buddhist culture in Central Asia and the fascinating cultural fusion that was born when Buddhist and Greek culture were brought together as a result of the conquests of Alexander the Great. The destruction of these statues, and the beauty and shared eternal truths that they represented, are a loss to all of humanity.
However, the same cannot be said for the loss of the Georgia Guidestones and it is an error, and in fact an affront, to compare the two as Tabarrok has done. This is for the simple reason that while the Bamiyan Buddhas were objectively good and the Georgia Guidestones were objectively bad.
To be clear, as will be discussed more shortly, it is undoubtedly wrong to begin terror bombing monuments and anything else because one disagrees with their message. But opposition to things being bombed does not mean that one must embrace whatever has been bombed or recognize it as good.
Article from Mises Wire