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 absolute which exists outside of time. However, this is not to be construed as an argument for  the presentation of…

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The myth of society: Every act is selfish

Author’s note: This post is the third in a series which explores the political mythos which encompasses modern conceptions of society. The first part can be read here. The second can be read here. The foundation of the Western liberal tradition is property rights. To paraphrase Machiavelli, a man will sooner forgive the death of a parent than the seizure of his patronage. One can’t choose one’s parents. One can purchase goods that are a…

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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 group of over-taxed and much abused barons, the idea that justice was best achieved at a local level by communal…

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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 must be ever vigilant of their property for there is no redress of grievance except force. The constant expenditure of…

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Political endorsements demean individual sovereignty

Electoral politics has become alarmingly medieval. The end of the primary season is like nothing so much as a joust for insipid politicians vying to see who can yield to the newly crowned king of the party most obsequiously and win a paltry prize of tenuous continuing relevancy. The common people in the party, meanwhile, are expected to yield their independence and support the nominee lest they endanger success in the general election. Political parties…

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Capitalism hasn’t failed, but it is dead

With a sense of moral smugness that imputes Karl Marx’s theory on the stages of history is finally being proven true, opinion from the self-appointed intelligentsia increasingly posits that capitalism has failed, or that America is moving towards a post-capitalist system. Snide insinuations about the supremacy of leftist economic theories which turn the commodification of people into a simple matter of policy aside, their conclusion is, in part, correct. America is not capitalist. And it…

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