Cooperating with Boromir
July 13, 2017 § 18 Comments
Nothing I have said should be taken as a denigration of voluntary cooperation. Voluntary cooperation is an essential part of any community — this point is so obvious that it shouldn’t really need to be stated at all.
However, voluntary cooperation is entirely irrelevant when the specific question we are asking is the fundamental question of politics: that is, what grounds the legitimacy of every (or any) concrete, human exercise of authority?
The answer to this question cannot be “freedom,” or “equal rights,” or any permutation of those things without resort to:
- Tautology (“freedom” just means that the concrete exercise of authority is justified when it is and isn’t justified when it isn’t);
- Nominalism (described recently here); or
- Self contradiction (described recently here).
 My answer to this question is that I don’t have a comprehensive answer myself. (I also don’t have a comprehensive theory of where rabbits come from).
But modernity’s answer — liberalism — no matter how it is phrased or how circumscribed right liberals attempt to frame it to be — is a motte-and-bailey mashup of tautology, nominalism, and self contradiction.