Saturday, December 31, 2005

Imperialism For The Post-Industrial World

Richard Drayton's crushing indictment of Neocon hubris. As Iraq shows, technological advancement is melding with Hobbes's Leviathan to harvest the 21st century version of Kipling's White Man's Burden.

Neoconservatives such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and the recently indicted Lewis "Scooter" Libby, learned from Leo Strauss that a strong and wise minority of humans had to rule over the weak majority through deception and fear, rather than persuasion or compromise. They read Le Bon and Freud on the relationship of crowds to authority. But most of all they loved Hobbes's Leviathan. While Hobbes saw authority as free men's chosen solution to the imperfections of anarchy, his 21st century heirs seek to create the fear that led to submission. And technology would make it possible and beautiful.

Related:
Iraq war gets them to see light, or does it?

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