Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Decentralizing big biz and big government

 This is no prelude to Libertarian political philosophy. I am not that deeply versed in it. From the little that I do know about it, I approve of many of their concepts. A political philosopher likely would admire their consistency, their clear statements of principles and their black and white description of how things work. Are they logically coherent in their reasoning, and factually accurate in their assertions? I don’t know but I dislike their over-consistency and fanatical beliefs. They are mostly right like Ayn Rand is, but, like her, their wrong-thinking, if it becomes popular finally, could be very dangerous.
Let me try be more specific. Libertarians believe that big government deprives the individual of life, liberty and the pursuit of property and happiness. So good so far. They advocate downsizing big government, back to the state level and even farther, to the local level. They are still correct.
They desire to see big government deinstitutionalized, but cartels, monopolies and wealth accumulation by the super-rich does not faze them. Their reluctance here is immoderate and shortsighted.
My political and social vision is one embracing the deinstitutionalizing of big business as well as big government (and all other huge, centralized institutions). This is the moderate, humane approach against all institutions.
Groupism is a biological drive supported by, furthered by and linked to institutionalized society. Individualism is made possible and is linked to a small, decentralized set of social institutions. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

All Skin and No Kernel

Let me quote Hoffer from The Passionate State of Mind: “Man’s being is neither profound nor sublime. To search for something deep underneath the surface in order to explain human phenomena is to discard the nutritious outer layer for a nonexistent core.  Like a bulb man is all skin and no kernel.”
    Hoffer regards the a posteriori surface of life as the most fruitful, the subtler area to research for solutions. Study effects more causes and you will gain insight into causes too.
    He will not countenance Freud, philosophers or professional intellectuals the right to study and derive answers from the causal, the a priori, and the root origins of things. That is misguided, a waste of time.
    The moderate in me agrees with Hoffer for the most part. Still, turn loose even researchers with a Freudian outlook. Any research will bear some fruit.