Wednesday, March 14, 2018

there’s no such thing as society - right-liberalism in action

In 1987 Margaret Thatcher made the notorious statement that, “There is no such thing as society.” That statement seems to sum up the right-wing liberal position rather nicely (and let’s be quite clear that Thatcher was no conservative).

The most amazing thing about this position, to me at least, is that anyone would want to adopt such a worldview. A world entirely composed of atomised individuals motivated purely by selfishness and the blind pursuit of crude pleasure does not sound very enticing to me but right-liberals seem to love the idea.

Of course Mrs Thatcher went on to say, “…who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families…” Today, to an increasing extent, we don’t even have families.And right-liberals like Mrs Thatcher did little or nothing to defend the traditional family.

Without society and without families people are condemned to lives of emptiness, futility and loneliness. All they can do is turn to the government. Which, ironically, is exactly what Thatcher didn’t want people to do. It’s a nice little illustration of the inherently nonsensical nature of right-liberal dogma. Destroy society and destroy the family and you’re going to get the kind of intrusive bureaucratic statism that right-liberals claim to despise.

One consequence of the abolition of society is the elimination of shame. You will inevitably have no sense of shame if you don’t consider that there’s such a thing as society. When you look at our contemporary leaders that lack of a sense of shame becomes very obvious.

Even classical Marxism (as distinct from cultural marxism) is more appealing than right-liberalism. Classical Marxists were trying to create Utopia. They had a vision of a better world. It might have been an unworkable vision but at least it was a vision and it was considerably more attractive than the nihilism and despair to which right-liberalism inevitably leads. Classical Marxists thought they were building Heaven right here on Earthy. Right-liberals are building Hell right here on Earth.

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  1. These days it's almost as if it's Truth v Lies.

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  2. ""Without society and without families people are condemned to lives of emptiness, futility and loneliness. All they can do is turn to the government.""

    Hmmmmm. As a hermit of some standing (well, sitting really) I could and might take issue with your paucity of alternatives. On the other hand I may just sit here and see what others suggest. For me, though, turning to Government is too much like going with the World. Even then there are the Flesh and the Devil as alternatives.

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    1. As a hermit of some standing (well, sitting really) I could and might take issue with your paucity of alternatives.

      What I've said applies (I think) to most people. There's always been a minority of people who either cannot or don't wish to marry. One of the great strengths of the Catholic Church was that it provided viable alternatives for these people.

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