Sunday, June 29, 2014

The imaginary construction of the anarchist utopia

"In the simple ideal of liberty, as equivalent to the absence of all government -- for we must not forget that it is an ideal, obtained by neglecting the facts of life which run counter to it -- there is clearly embodied a claim which commands our respect... We have assumed that the root of it lies in the claim to be ourselves." -- Bernard Bosanquet, The Philosophical Theory of the State, p. 134

Note that Bosanquet, in the last sentence above, has anticipated the argument from self-ownership.

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