Saturday, December 15, 2012

Human Nature and the State

The subjectivist, "reality can be altered based on our whims", arbitrary statist view lead to the failure of the "New Soviet man". Basic human nature can't be changed, which is why communism was a failure everywhere it was tried or imposed. Attempts to change human nature by the power of the state gave the world the worst atrocities ever committed by humans against humans.

Understanding human nature is a fundamental starting point for anyone attempting to build a coherent political philosophy. Generally speaking, there are two views: Human nature is either fixed or malleable. Traditionally, conservatives, libertarians, and classical liberals fall into the camp that believes human nature is fixed but with tendencies toward both good and evil. Progressives, liberals, socialists, Marxists, and others view human nature as malleable, that is, it can be changed.-Human Nature: A Conservative, Classical Liberal & Libertarian View

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