The traditional view of man and society as distinct from the liberal view
Sydney Trads, a traditionalist conservative website in Australia, recently made their Quote of the Week a passage from my 2003 essay/booklet, Erasing America: The Politics of the Borderless Nation (available here). You can read the quote at the Sydney Trads site or below, where I have copied it.
In the traditional or Classical-Christian view, life is experienced as participation in (or as rebellion against) a comprehensive order of existence — natural, social and divine — that precedes the existence of the individual. The basic values and institutions of society are affirmed by its members because they see them as grounded, not in the arbitrary will of men, but in truth. Freedom, creativity, and progress unfold from within the natural and transcendent orders in which man is situated, not in complete rejection of them.* At the same time, though capable of good, man is inclined to every kind of evil, particularly the lust for power. This realistic understanding of our flawed human nature was embedded in our traditional morality, with its constraints on inordinate desire, and in the U.S. Constitution, with its system of checks and balances preventing the concentration of power in any one part of the state.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 29, 2013 10:41 AM | Send