Breaking symmetry

August 27, 2016 § 15 Comments

Modern political life has the incoherent logical singularity of liberalism at its center. Freedom as political act is self contradictory, because politics is essentially the public resolution of controvertible cases: the restriction of all possible controverting parties’ wishes in favor of a specific authoritative result.  Authoritative acts – politics – always and necessarily assert authority to reduce an infinite number of potential resolutions to one particular actual resolution.

That is what politics, governance, authority is: it is the deliberate constraint of the infinity of potential choices by subjects into a limited, particular actual range of choices: a constraint asserted and imposed by men with authority.  This explains why a society that becomes more liberal is always attempting to abolish politics in favor of ‘neutral’ bureaucratic procedures (e.g. democratic elections or neocameral formalism), really important documents in filing cabinets and under glass in museums, expert morally neutral scientific knowledge, and other quite literally inhuman forms of governance.  Every important question must already be begged, so that authority can be invisibly exercised without admitting that authority is being exercised.

At the incoherent liberal singularity in the center all reason breaks down and reality disappears.  When man’s reason breaks down and reality disappears all that is left of him is the hellish agony of his insatiable desire and will.  We define any man who is committed – at all – to liberalism as a liberal.  The purest form of liberal, then, is an anarchotyrannical madman, a madman who has lost all capacity to perceive reality and to reason.

However, the liberal singularity does not exist in a rarified world of ideas.  It exists in reality: in a real, physical, social, and spiritual context.  If the singularity existed ‘on its own’ it would have no impact on reality.  But because it exists in reality it structures and orders that reality in more or less comprehensible ways.

The interaction of liberalism with reality gives rise to various more or less comprehensible structures and features in liberal societies.  Unprincipled exceptions in the most general sense are interactions between liberalism and reality – or at least with the reality of particular concrete desires by particular people – which leave liberalism itself intact and unquestioned. When we get close to parts of reality where liberalism dominates less, or where it has been ‘mugged by reality’, those interactions become more overtly violent. Closer to the singularity the violence necessary to maintain the delusion doesn’t disappear, it just becomes more clinical and is not acknowledged as violence.

I’ve criticized ‘no enemies to the right‘ before, and that criticism stands.  But you can certainly see its appeal to someone swimming around somewhere on the right, whose eyes are beginning to open.  Once someone on the right has perceived the horror at the center, or even just the horror at the event horizon past the center, he is going to want to damn the torpedoes and get as far away from it as possible.

But once you’ve broken symmetry you can see how someone on the alt left — like Dorothy Day, for example – might quite reasonably hold a different view, and might even be inclined to assert ‘no enemies to the left’.

The important thing is to escape as far as possible from the hellish insanity at the very center.  But escape from the hellish center is only the beginning: an exit from the unreality immediately around the liberal singularity into somewhere else.  And we shouldn’t kid ourselves: nobody escapes from at least the material influence of the gravity well, as long as liberalism dominates global politics.

§ 15 Responses to Breaking symmetry

  • Roman Lance says:

    Zippy, I like your blog.

    I have to tell you that after I read your argument that “pro-life = pro choice” I was converted to your understanding and endorse it in my personal and family life.

    Keep the Faith!

  • Zippy says:

    Welcome, Roman Lance.

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  • donnie says:

    And we shouldn’t kid ourselves: nobody escapes from at least the material influence of the gravity well, as long as liberalism dominates global politics.

    This statement, in context with everything before it, is the strongest argument for the reality of Purgatory that I have ever come across.

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  • Svar says:

    Great article. The last line about the Alt-Left is pretty true. In the past, the Old Right and the Old Left collaborated quite a bit like that between Charles Lindbergh and Huey Long with Fr. Coughlin being a sort of bridge between the two.

    Chronicles had an issue out last year called “Against Ideology”. The Age of Ideology is over and it’s time to embrace a pragmatic worldview based in reality.

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  • domzerchi says:

    “Authoritative acts – politics – always and necessarily assert authority to reduce an infinite number of potential resolutions to one particular actual resolution.”

    They never do and necessarily cannot, since the politically liberal act is not to try to reach a political resolution when no political resolution is needed: “The proposed ordinance fails…”, “congress shall make no law…”

    Your Grand Hypothesis proves that libertarianism cannot work but does not harm conservatism. Haven’t you noticed that whenever you try to make a necessary connnection between the two you abandon deductive logic and resort to mysticism and poetic association? Don’t you wonder why you find it impossible to come up with anything more convincing?

  • Zippy says:

    domzerchi:

    Haven’t you noticed that whenever you try to make a necessary connnection between [libertarianism and conservatism] you abandon deductive logic and resort to mysticism and poetic association?

    ‘Conservatism’ (which is really just right-liberalism) is addressed in many places on this blog and not merely by “resort to mysticism and poetic association” (not that there is anything wrong with that). See this post linked in the OP, for example.

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