The Ancient Roots Of Platonist Statism

"I see pieces of men marching, trying to take heaven by force;
I can see the unknown rider, I can see the pale white horse"

Bob Dylan

The fight in this country is not between left and right, but between liberty and tyranny. Big government Hamiltonian progressivism vs small-government Jeffersonian democratic-republicanism. It's nothing new. It's as old as the Nimrod vs Abrahamic styles of government.

Ron Jones, The Jones Family


Karl Popper

To review the poisonous roots of Plato and his ideological state, read Karl Popper's two books on The Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper of course, is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century, primarily for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method, in favour of empirical falsification: A theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments. If the outcome of an experiment contradicts the theory, one should refrain from ad hoc manoeuvres that evade the contradiction merely by making it less falsifiable. However, he also made a great contribution to political discourse, just as well-recognized known for his vigorous defence of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism that he came to believe made a flourishing "open society" possible, as he was for his scientific breakthrough.

I remember early fall 2000, sitting in a fast food joint eating my burger when I overheard two old men a table over chatting about the upcoming election. Neither were rock solid in their decision yet, although they seemed poised to split their vote between Bush and Gore. However, I heard one of them say that he didn't think he could vote for Bush because he didn't think that Americans should elect dynasties, pointing out the Kennedy family example with the presumption America would have been better off without that particular dynasty. "They begin to act like kings," he added.

I left amused and enlightened by their conversation but metaphorically pulled the lever for George Bush the younger that year, nevertheless. However, after doughnut holes, no child left behind, and nation-building of an inadequate kind, I'd absconded by the time the next presidential tally rolled around. Just don't go away thinking I voted for Kerry. That would have been stupid, and your part and mine. I did learn however that paying close attention to politics hardly earns one a better take on the candidates or the vitriolic process of governing than simply swinging for the fences from the plate of ideological reguritation, a hollow position re-enforced again upon me just seventeen months ago. Will political truth always remain so compromised I wonder...
Gabriel Thy

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