Rob Schaap rws at
Wed Aug 23 22:03:27 PDT 2000

G'day Carrol,

>> There must exist someplace a more or less systematic account of the
>>tendency >>of most moralistic radical politics to tend towards some sort
>>of caudillismo >>and authoritarianism. The anarchist or the radical
>>populist (a) operates from >>a position of philosophical individualism
>>and (b) is possessed with a vision >>of what should be (rather than with
>>the potential or material necessity of the >>present to transform itself)
>>-- and when individuals fail to measure up and >>reject the vision, one
>>(notthe only but I think the most common) result is as >>you describe
>>above. I don't think one needs to invoke psychology of any kind.

The self-professed 'scientific amoralist' is, if I read my history correctly, no less likely to tend towards some such sort of thing. But then, mebbe scientific amoralism is a state impossible for a real human to inhabit. Wouldn't like to meet one such, anyway.

Cheers, Rob.

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