Monday, October 28, 2013

The Paradox of the Free Society

In a free society governed by a representative government, the representative government will be perturbed by the simple maxim that positions of power will attract those that seek power. Within the body of the masses you will have competing instincts for collectivism and individualism. As much as it, in the individual manifests as offsetting urges to be part of community and establish a personal independent identity, it represents a similar split personality in politics at every level, creating a caucus for collectivism and a caucus for individualism. The problem is as Madison noted: men are not angels. This will, within the caucus that supports collectivism, strengthen it and unify it in purpose, as the greediness for power apparent in those that seek positions of power aligns with collectivist goals of a more powerful governing body capable of better acting in the public good. Within the individualist caucus however, the greediness for power is at odds with the goals of individualism which is to reduce the power of government to control the individual. In this way the caucus for more powerful government will always be unified and the caucus for less powerful government always divided; an expression of the corrupt nature of man. Within this reality, in a population where both ideologies share a fairly even representation within the masses, government is ensured a continual bias for more power that eventually deprives the society of freedom. This is the Paradox of the Free Society. For in a free society, it’s man’s freedom to choose his path, fettered by his own fallible nature and with his desire to be part of a community, along with one final failing, his unwillingness to be adequately educated and informed to keep this paradox always in his mind so that he might wage war against it, which will invariably lead to his enslavement.