A "Social Contract" Is Not A Constitution
"[Elizabeth Warren's] supporters are enthusiastic because she is in essence pleading natural law in defense of Obama's tax policies. It's pretty good natural law, too. Parts of it sound conservative. She appeals to "the social contract" as opposed to the libertarian precept. She says that capitalists are greedy, which they are, and that they ought to have more sympathy for the rest of us who built the social order that allows them to get rich. Time to give some back. What's wrong with that?
"Well, to start with, social contracts aren't Constitutions. They Social Contract is a convenient fiction, but in fact there isn't one, and to the extent that there is anything like one, Thomas Hobbes comes a lot closer to the agreement that creates a state than Rousseau or even Thomas Aquinas. Social Contracts sound great, but you can't sit down and read the Social Contract. Constitutions are specific....
"Constitutions try to limit government. Social contracts may be seen as a limit of government power or as an empowerment, depending on your point of view." -- Social Contract and Constitutions | Jerry Pournelle
"We’ve got a lot of sad people walking around who like to engage in a belief that individual effort is futile, that individual success is an impossibility and a nullity. They don’t want to face up to the fact that somebody else did something better than they did. They’d rather engage in a systemic belief that there is no prosperity, there is only a state of being “rich” which means you must’ve ripped someone off.
"That’s what makes them so incredibly dangerous. They are not trying to foment revolution of any kind. Revolutions can fail. They aren’t in the midst of a revolution, they’re in the midst of a sickness. They’re using narcissism to self-medicate their sickness, reaching for it, just like an alcoholic reaches for the next shot of bourbon." -- House of EratosthenesPosted by Vanderleun at September 23, 2011 6:15 AM