“I see democracy as a spectrum, with the most democratic end inhibiting popular control of all economic and governmental functions, and the other end being a centralized authority which occasionally listens to the voice of the people. The framers were tasked with finding the middle ground between these extremes, and I believe they were motivated by both sincere ideology and a desire to protect their personal interests.”
Who should the economy serve? Are humanities needs being met by modern capitalism? This article asserts that our economic structure either must be modernized or replaced in the interests of long-term society.
What is freedom? Does the mere illusion of freedom make a people free? When can our freedoms be imposed upon? Is limiting someone’s freedom sometimes necessary to ensure the freedom of others?
Who is worthy of governing? When should authority be questioned and obeyed? How can power be equitably distributed and maintained? This article utilizes sources in the fields of philosophy, political science and history to explore these questions and more.
As I continue exploring the fascinating field of political philosophy, I will regularly update this post with brief information on the lives, work and ideas of humanity’s most influential political philosophers.
By studying a detailed blueprint for an anarchist society, as found in Diego Abad de Santillan’s After the Revolution (1937), we can better understand the ideology of anarcho-syndicalism, as well as the democratic and anti-capitalist philosophy which fuels it.