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.)

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.


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