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Some foundational wisdom beautifully restated by Handle:

… the long history of progressivism in general is most quickly summarized by an enthusiasm to reject the old, time-tested social institutions originating in undesigned traditions as obsolete anachronisms and replace with them with new, more ‘enlightened’ innovations rationally constructed from first principles.

The Rightist view of human nature is often described as ‘tragic’ or ‘realistically pessimistic’.  Whether one on the right sees man as ‘fallen and totally depraved’ or merely a ‘hairless ape’ makes little difference in regards to the conclusion of what is required to regulate such a creature’s behaviors.  And that prescription, unfortunately but inescapably for most people, involved a certain amount of severity of consequence. There is pain, harshness, punishment, impoverishment, and so on, or at the very least an effectively salient terror of the credible threat of these things.

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  • VXXC Says:

    Beautiful.

    And the credible terrors for we talking apes shall have to do, as it did for all of History until very recently. Very recently is Calvin ————— Frankfurt School.

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  • Handle Says:

    I should have added something relating that ‘severity of consequences’ to survival of the fittest / natural selection in nature and capitalism. Sclerotic organizations in business and government are ruined by the lack of proper motivation and incentive structures with ‘severe consequence’. Spare the rod, spoil the child, writ as large as all humanity in all its endeavors.

    Maybe something Nietzsche-related as well and progress in capabilities through intense competition motivated by the awful prospect of losing. The more awful, the greater the incentive for striving. ‘The worse the better’?

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