Dateline: Roger Nowosielski
I'm Polish-born but as American as apple-pie. I've seen a great many changes since I first set foot in this land in 1961 - many of them, I'm afraid, not for the better. Thanks to the Internet era and the "blogging" phenomenon, we can address the issues that ail us, establish new means of communication, form new alliances, perhaps make a difference in the end.
Hayek’s gravest error: the contrast of his brand of individualism with socialism or collectivism. It’s a totally modern conception, unheard of in Hobbes’s own time, and it displays Hayek’s modern bias.
As far as I am concerned, one’s intellectual development cannot be complete without taking full account of a reasoned, conservative viewpoint, regardless of your personal viewpoint.
Liberalism isn’t a theory, in a manner of speaking. It’s a state of mind, a program by the feebleminded, all who have given up on hard thinking, an opiate.
Hobbes was the first behaviorist in a manner of speaking, a thoroughly modern man. His ultimate aim was individual survival; and his ethic, a behaviorist ethic. And we still live under the specter.
At the bottom of the liberal theory, the one thing which provides it with its foundation, there lies a peculiar picture of a human, a human qua individual.
It is the singular achievement of the liberal theory to have successfully merged both the political and the economic aspects of being into one indistinguishable whole.
It makes all the sense in the world to contest one’s rights vis-à-vis any oppressive social or political structure; it makes no sense whatever to do so in the context of personal relations.
Hobbes may have been a purist compared to Locke, but he did capture better than anyone the tenor of our times: it’s all about statism; the heart of the liberal theory!
Locke was a modern man in a manner of speaking. His cardinal mistake was to assume that macro events guaranteed likewise results in the realm of the individual.
The ownership concept extended beyond one’s entitlement to the fruits of his or her labors. The initial axiom, by virtue of its self-evident quality, had come to encompass a great many other things, such as landed property and self-ownership. The seeds which were sown became a weed.