Wednesday, July 23, 2008
children of the Enlightenment
Although I loved John C Wright's essay, I do have to take exception with one thing: his implication that his views of equality and freedom are essentially the ideal of the enlightenment and that Nazism and Communism are opposed to the Enlightenment. But in fact, Nazism and Communism are both true children of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment, after all, was not just about dethroning kings, but also about dethroning God. And if God is not the ruler, why not the State? Read this essay for some interesting notes on historical Enlightenment thought.