Essay

Pluralism II

The State is, as fore-stated and after-stated, for itself, by itself, of itself, with itself, self-contained for always, every state the mortal enemy of what is best in the simple separate person. This person must remain macrocosm, however, even to the people themselves in order for the people to maintain in counter-balance its power and density.

We who could be the people, though, are no longer the people as Jefferson had envisioned, as later ages have agreed needs expanding; there is no resemblance to Populus or to Demos, not in any way akin to how either maintained its distinction from what was public in antiquity, or what could have exercised itself in the Jeffersonian We the people. And this remains an is true in spite of Jefferson’s contradictions or seemingly weak remedies for having taken the wolf by the ears. We cannot allow the existence of slavery in our past to stand as a rebuttal for the truths of Jefferson’s maxims on Liberty; Jefferson spoke truth on Liberty in spite of how he contradicted himself by his actions. It was Jefferson’s self-evident truths on liberty that the anti-slavery movement used to help free the slaves.

Today we proudly parade ourselves as Publius, a great Public en masse, not Populus, the people as the people and not in service of the state. Conformity is the first and last choice in our contemporary notion of being free. And with our society now believing that there is no Truth, there is also no allegiance to the traditions of Democracy, whether that is in the world historically, or in America culturally. Any idea of the people as in We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union becomes either suspect for being traditional or modified for succumbing to a hyper subjectivity, a kind of evolving antidote or answer for former totalitarian hyper rationalism. We do not examine what we think as much as we emote in reflex from received ideas disseminated sensationally through the media; so we really do not know what we think because thinking cannot be randomly passing images in the mind or playing hop-scotch with words.

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