American Elephants


Why American Politics Is the Way It Is by The Elephant's Child

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from
Take No Prisoners
by David Horowitz

A defining characteristic of the progressive outlook is its belief in the doctrine of original innocence. The modern source of this belief is the French radical Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who maintained that private property is the source of social evils and that “Man is born free but is everywhere in chains.” This is doctrine so obviously false it hardly  needs refutation except progressives believe it. What they believe is that “society” is the root cause of social problems. In their view, human beings are naturally cooperative and sharing, honest and moral, but are corrupted by social institutions that encourage prejudice and greed and set them against each other. They believe that  “social justice” is the model of how human beings naturally relate to each other, that equality and cooperation reflect human nature, and that socialism is therefore the name of a truly  human future.

Conservatives believe the opposite. They believe that human beings are the root cause of social problems and that social institutions are corrupt because human beings create and run them. It is the barbarity of the species that requires the intervention of a social order with the disciplines of morality and law to civilize its inhabitants. This is also what the Founders believed. It is why they did not create a pure democracy that would express the popular will, which they regarded as unruly, emotion driven, and dangerous. Instead they devised a system of checks and balances to frustrate the majority’s natural instinct to tyrannize the weak and outnumbered. And they set limits to government.

Take No Prisoners by David Horowitz


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Reblogged this on Utopia – you are standing in it!.

Comment by Jim Rose

I think that social institutions have been created mainly to control the selfish and violent behaviors- particularly for young men. So many wars have been fought, mainly by young men, directed by and channeled for political power and wealth.

Civil institutions such as puberty rituals, councils, voting, and schools were all developed to inculcate social values into children and youth, especially young men.

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