Category: Political Mythos

The Rise of Economics as an Element of National Security: Part 2: Not All Forms of Production Are Created Equal

Part I: The Inequity Engendered by Protectionism National security, as it has been traditionally understood, defends against war and other forms of destructive treachery posed by hard power. The rise of economic security nominally does the same, though it is the hemorrhaging of money, not blood, which is of concern. Marketplaces become metaphorical battlefields, the…

The Rise of Economics as an Element of National Security: Part I: The Inequity Engendered by Protectionism

National security has become the catchall justification for government inserting itself into matters which are beyond the purview given it by the Constitution. The definition of what constitutes a threat has expanded to a point where all manner of things are now regulated under the guise of protecting the people. Security is no longer simply…

The tyranny of statistical determinism

Among the myths circulating amidst the ether of modern American discourse is the stubborn fallacy that political forecasts and models are deterministic. Regardless of whether a poll measures support for presidential candidates in the hopes of predicting the outcome of an election or gauges the public’s attitude towards hot-button issues before Congress, the media and…

Compromise is a myth

There seems to be a consensus in modern America that the culture of government is so bifurcated, so antagonistic that partisan bickering stymies any action. Or so the bloviating media commentators incessantly claim, often citing the paltry number of bills that successfully navigate the journey from bill to law. There is nothing wrong with qualification,…

The myth of society: Absolutism and the individual

Author’s note: This post is part of a series which explores the political mythos which encompasses modern conceptions of society. The first part can be read here, the second here and the third here. There are no new ideas. So cultural critics argue. And, in a very specific regard, they’re not wrong. Truth is an…

The myth of society: justice and the repudiation of self-interest

Author’s note: This post is the second in a series which explores the political mythos which encompasses modern conceptions of society. The first part, which examines the foundation of society in the body politic, can be read here. Eight hundred years ago, when political capitulations were wrung from England’s King John in 1215 by a…

The myth of society: the social contract and the body politic

Author’s note: This post is the first in a series which explores the political mythos which encompasses modern conceptions of society. In a state of nature, potential is boundless. There are no gate-keeping titans to dismiss ideas as contrary to the public good. But there are no curators either, no channels for development. Instead, men…

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