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lim(Anarchism) ?=? Aristocracy

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February 13, 2004

lim(Anarchism) ?=? Aristocracy

On Peter Saint-Andre's weblog (one small voice: Aristocrats All):

Roderick Long reflects on the idea of individualist anarchism as a universalization of aristocracy. He quotes George Woodcock:
In reality the ideal of anarchism, far from being democracy carried to its logical end, is much nearer to aristocracy universalized and purified.
Or as Shelley said: "The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys."
Roderick also quotes Ernest Lesigne on socialism vs. anarchism:
Both desire equality. One by lowering heads that are too high. The other by raising heads that are too low.

I am not a pro-democracy, and aristocracy always fascinated me... Meat for thought.

Posted by Jean-Philippe on February 13, 2004 at 04:33 PM 6 Comments, 166 TrackBacks

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