Carl Jung (via liberatingreality)
Jung is the most sane scientist of the modern era!
He was prepared to use the left brain when it was appropriate - dissecting, analyzing, reducing; but his priority was the right brain - integrating, reconstituting a model of reality. Modern neuroscience and evolutionary psychology is bearing out his “intuitions” concerning the constitution and origins of human mind - archetypes, persona and so forth.
Czesław Miłosz on life under Stalinism, The Captive Mind (1953)
Thank you for posting this quote.
I’m currently in a protracted fight with a government bureaucracy over recognition of my professional qualifications. For years I have professionally helped people who have suffered mental breakdowns from the stress of dealing with governmental bureaucracies. And now I am feeling the fearful oppression myself.
Capitalism or neoliberalism is not the cause of anxiety or neurosis; it is bureaucracy - which in modern society is the main manifestation of statism, even (or especially) in democracies.
I believe bureaucracy, and the powerlessness of the individual in front of its faceless intransigence, is the most oppressive, and potentially most dangerous feature of the social landscape today. The modern bureaucracy with its insidious and digitally-enhanced power over individuals, families, businesses, corporations and associations, is far more corrupting of social bonds and destructive of individual happiness than any other aspect of modern society.
In fact, in my opinion bureaucracy facilitates the worst evils and atrocities because it disrupts the connection between action and moral responsibility. Heinous historical examples could be cited, but are unnecessary. It can be seen as a logical consequence of the power imbalance. The bureaucrat is employed to defend and administer “the system”, and those made subject to whatever rules, regulations and controls “the system” has invented, are their natural adversaries. Unlike in a capitalist marketplace, this is not a meeting of equals, and there is no freedom to enter or leave these relationships with the bureaucracy.
Also, the daily “morality” of bureaucracy is far worse than the worst excesses of capitalism. “Efficiency” - not utilitarianism - is the natural “morality” of a bureaucracy. But this is not an efficiency for profit, but for results. For unlike a marketplace, it is not based on free exchange of goods or services, where efficiency (and hence lower costs) actually benefits both parties to the exchange. In bureaucracy, “efficiency” is the quicker application of rules and regulations that define “the system”, and hence actually always increases costs or burdens to those subject to “the system”. Unlike a free market, bureaucratic efficiency always benefits the bureaucrat, and only injures those subject to it - those who are effectively the slaves of “the system”. Because when a relationship is not free or voluntary, when it cannot be exited freely, when the terms of the relationship are forced and able to be administered with threat of sanction or punishment, that relationship is a form of slavery.
In general, what is your opinion of positive rights? Do they exist? If they do, does they always trump negative rights? Does it absolutely follow they trump negative rights?
It seems to me all “rights” can only come from the agreement of a group of people - they do not occur in nature. “Negative” rights - to not be interfered with or not have to do something - I believe are the only “natural” rights for a free society, and so they necessarily trump all other so-called “positive” rights (to do or have something). Only “negative” rights are essentially respectful of individual freedom, because by definition they maintain every individual in the group must be allowed certain agreed freedoms by the other members of the group.
So-called positive rights I believe are problematic fundamentally because they defy nature and assert people are entitled to something which nature does not automatically provide. The only way positive rights can be bestowed is through the positive or effortful intervention of someone else. Now when that is freely negotiated between individuals we call it the free market, or a marriage contract or family love. But when it is asserted or enshrined by governments it can often involve essentially forcing someone to provide something valuable to someone else at cost to themself, and that can be vulnerable to abuse and even tyranny. A right to free daily bread would be a tyranny over bakers.
Positive rights should be freely negotiated between individuals or small voluntary groups, not asserted by governments. Negative rights are fundamental to a harmonious and free society and they alone need to be protected by governments.
Happy Independence Day!
I must admit, it’s a little more difficult for me to celebrate liberty this Independence Day knowing how much of it is either gone or under heavy assault. But honestly, as flawed as our nation is, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Happy Independence Day!
I thought it would be appropriate to post a few Independence and Revolutionary War related things that were educational or entertaining.
For some fantastic Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War history (that hasn’t been rewritten by the left), go here. It’s a site that was started and maintained by the Independence Hall Association.
Here are 50 interesting facts about the Declaration of Independence, some of which I had never heard.
Remember this famous poem?
And don’t forget Andy Griffith’s famous version of it:
And remember this?
There is a new tradition to read through the Declaration of Independence with your friends and family on Independence Day. To be honest, I can think of no better way to celebrate America’s birthday. Below the break find the entire text of the Declaration of Independence. Take a few minutes to read it aloud with loved ones. The barbecue can wait…
This document is not just celebrated in America but by freedom lovers around the world.
Happy Independence Day!
carpe diem - seize the day
carpe noctem - seize the night
carpe natem - seize the ass
Seriously, if you guys don’t stop reblogging this I am going to carpe someone’s neck and break it.
carpe collum - seize the neck
carpe epilepticum - epileptic seizure ?