The myth of society: On the soul

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 the third here and the fourth here. What is the soul? This is a question debated extensively by the most erudite minds across time, yet no consensus exists. Perhaps this is because the soul, as a personal, intimate entity, cannot be measured empirically, but by…

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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 forĀ  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: 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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