Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thought of the Day: All Society Isn't a Temple, Barracks, or Business

Modern conservatism wants to make all of society to be just like a temple, a barracks, or a business, depending on its mood -- indeed, the way that commerce, the military, and religion attempt to establish hegemony over everything else is infamous in political theory. But the whole of society shouldn’t be reduced to merely one of its component parts. How does that makes sense? It is too large, complex, and diverse for that. That would be like saying all of the body in its entirety should be an arm, a liver, or an eye. Society consists of multiple activities, and all of those activities are necessary to the whole and work toegther; and they all have different vocabularies, values, and mindsets, none of which should predominate. 

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