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Post Tagged 'Idealism'

The Importance of Incompetence

An illustration of the Peter Principle. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.   Today at Public Discourse, I argue that in addition to idealism and self-interest, incompetence needs to be recognized as a more important factor in politics: [U]nless we add incompetence as a category of analysis, we will tend to view every victory for our own team as a triumph of justice or freedom or equality (idealism), and every failure the result of deep and convoluted corruption (self-interest). Continue Reading...

No, Socialism Wouldn’t Succeed ‘If Only Men Were Angels’

When arguing about the merits of a free economy, its defenders often give way to a peculiar line of reasoning that goes something like this: “Socialism would be wonderful if it actually worked, and it could actually work if only men were angels.” Such claims are meant to frame socialists as foolish idealists obsessed with their silly utopias. Continue Reading...

The Perils of Pedocracy

Portrait of a Child Prince, Wikimedia Commons “Anyone concerned with the future,” wrote Sergius Bulgakov, is most anxious about the younger generation. But to be spiritually dependent on it, to truckle to its opinions and take it as a standard, testifies to a society’s spiritual weakness. Continue Reading...