Key understanding of Progressivism: John Rawls
Posted by $ blarman 6 years, 1 month ago to Philosophy
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This notion of social justice turns on its head the Founders' notion that a man owned himself and his talents: what Rand referred to as the products of the mind.
But who is speaking against Rawls and the egalitarians? As Ayn Rand wrote in her article on the promotion of Rawls:
"But it is only by default—by intellectual default—that theories such as Kant's or Rawls's can win. An intransigent, rational opposition could have stopped Kant in his time. Rawls is easier to defeat—particularly in this country, which is the living monument to a diametrically opposite philosophy... If there is any spirit of rebellion on American campuses (and elsewhere), here is an evil to rebel against, to rebel intellectually, righteously, intransigently: any hint, touch, smell, or trial balloon of A Theory of Justice and of the egalitarian movement."
If you are concerned about the Rawls fad and egalitarianism promoted as "justice", read Ayn Rand's article referred to on this page https://www.galtsgulchonline.com/post....
Also, I know of Thomas Sowell (recently retired economist), but I'm not familiar with Tom Woods. Any more about him you can share?
What I am getting at regarding The Republic is the incorrectness of Plato's social engineering scheme, whereby he thought government (ostensibly through coercion), is suited to dictate the social status and occupations of people, and even forbid some professions from existing at all (artists, for ex) based on the idea that outcomes can somehow be controlled by leaders who are smarter and more empathetic than the masses, yielding an overall happy populace.
This is a supremely utopian idea, ungrounded in reality, wherein leaders invariably will be corrupted to the degree of the amount of power and control they are given over others, and human beings who are not allowed the freedom to pursue their personal ends at will end up having their spirits crushed, and become inefficient automatons (modern era communist regimes illustrate the implementation of Platonic utopianism). I appreciate you raising this point.
Regarding Tom Woods, he is a learned historian, and brilliant debater, and carries the torch of liberty and libertarianism daily though his excellent podcast: http://tomwoods.com/podcasts/ I highly recommend listening to all of his podcasts, and reading his books. His guests are stellar. For example, the inimitable Michael Malice has been on a few times, and Woods went so far as to conduct a debate with Malice over the statement: “Alexander Hamilton was a hero for the cause of liberty". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeE_s...
Woods is a very gracious man, and a deep thinker, and has a broad knowledge of, and appreciate for the ideas of Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Hans-Herman Hoppe and other brilliant 20th century Austrian school thinkers, as well as many classical philosophers and economists. I urge you to explore the ideas of these men, because if you haven't already, you are in for a rare intellectual treat.
And thanks for sharing about Tom Woods. I'll have to go check him out.