The second in a series . . .
'Kant’s answer is, as it has been for all moral totalitarians throughout history, to indoctrinate children, who must be “disciplined” to obey via “compulsion.” ' This paragraph was the payoff, the cash value, of this excellent essay. I was fairly familiar with Kant, but never got the connection to indoctrinating children. In this way at least, Kant is the son of Plato, who must be looking down and laughing at us all.
So is it any wonder that there are two different world views, and the complaint is that there is no unity, and one screams "extremist", and the other scratches his head in wonderment?
This is excellent, and if you made it into a pamphlet, I would definitely buy it and recommend it.
I love quotes from the letters written by Jefferson and Locke. Can't get that anywhere else but here. Looking forward to the next article.
It seems to me that Christianity is our problem. Kant rescued and resuscitated Christs mystical baggage of the past and in that procedure denied genuine goodness in human affairs an outlet.. Some achievement, I think we can all agree, and one of the very worst. I think we are still wrestling with the anti life fallout from that poisonous point of view. Voluntarily being your brothers keeper is one thing, and won't work for anyone involved, forcing obligations and indebtedness on everyone is quite another, it impleads human flourishing to the extent you implement the obligation. Misdirected action at scale. What to do? Admittedly to address a problem first you have to identify it, Great essay in identifying the anti-reason for all the misguided guilt in human affairs in the socialised west.
A truly illuminating essay! Thank you. Not the Kant that I thought was Kant, but I agree with your view.
Kant, the forefather of communism as envisioned by the WEF. How do such evil, self-denigrating and soul killing ideas gain such an entrenched hold on the human psyche? It's pathological.