The Myth of Liberalism

“The desire-based polity, that is, the polity whose philosophical and legal norms are said to reside in the primacy of individual desires, must in its own logic, … be based on a voluntarist concept of law that has no other justification but what those in power choose. Aristotle had long ago explained that democracies based on ‘liberty’ for its own sake and not for a purpose must end in tyranny.”

James V. Schall, S.J., Review of The Myth of Liberalism, The Imaginative Conservative blog, June 3, 2017. (H/T to Junior Ganymede.)

Advertisements

One thought on “The Myth of Liberalism

  1. Nietzsche thought that rationalism had destroyed the base of Christian belief, and that without it, society would oscillate violently from ideology to ideology. One can see ideologies like Communism or Nazism as based in the desires of those who hold them, though they go beyond the individual. More certainly, those who form the apparatus of the Communist party are often indulging their individual desires, as were the Nazis who profited from the confiscation of property from the Jews.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s