SLOWLY THE DARK ENLIGHTENMENT SPREADS
Another social science academic concludes that there is little there there.
Writing in 1942, the Oxford Professor of Metaphysics, RG Collingwood, said that dismissing academic discussion for insignificant speech is like “scolding little girls for giving dolls’ tea-parties with empty cups and little boys for playing with wooden swords.” Academic discussions, he added, “belong to the world of make-believe.”
Collingwood was specifically talking about my field, political philosophy, as it is done in universities. Reflecting on his words over the last year, I’ve begun to realise how right he was.
–Craig Newmark, Newmark’s Door.
The fallacy of common interest.
The fallacy of common ends.
The necessity of common means of achieving opposing interests and ends.
The enlightenment vision of man was false. It is not mysterious that deliberation over public choice is nonsense, if it is predicated on nonsensical assumptions about the nature of man.
The market, noy politics, is the only mechanism for cooperating peacefully on means despite conflicting and irreconcilable ends.
WELCOM BACK FROM THE MATRIX INTO THE REAL WORLD.