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The New Despotism

March 30, 2010 by

What we have witnessed is the almost incessant growth in power over the lives of human beings — power that is basically the result of the gradual disappearance of all the intermediate institutions. FULL ARTICLE by Robert A. Nisbet


Stranger March 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

As I explained in a previous forum post on the nature of power, the state’s goal is to become all-powerful by destroying all instruments of force larger than the individual, including other states, and finally disarming the individual.


The Gimlet Eye March 31, 2010 at 1:17 am

This passage from The New Despotism by Robert A. Nisbet is great. I think he was right on the money. He also got me to reading Tocqueville again. It focused my understanding of Tocqueville, particularly his vol. 2, chapters 6-7. Those passages contain remarkable insight into the nature of “equality,” political sytems, the dangers of languid democracy, and the nature of man. Like Tocqueville, Robert A. Nisbet was a gifted thinker and writer, very wise, rich in ideas, and prophetic. To tell the truth, it is frightening what our country has become. We have degenerated into some sort of bombastic mob rule, with a phony “egalitarian” mass-ethic as its guiding principle. This is all so contrary to what our country is supposed to be that I am forced to conclude that we no longer live in the country that our Founding Fathers bequeathed to us at all. We took a wrong turn somewhere along the line and we can thank Robert A. Nisbet for shedding much light on how this happened.I discuss these issues from additional angles in my own web log: http://the-gimlet-eye.livejournal.com/All are welcome to join the discussion there as well.

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