Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 280
Carl Schmitt’s The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy
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On the Counter-Currents Radio fundraiser livestream for July 5th, Greg Johnson and Nicholas Jeelvy discuss Carl Schmitt’s 1923 book The Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the light it throws on the crisis of liberal democracy in the white world today. We also answer questions from listeners.
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I don’t think felons should lose the right to vote. First because otherwise the whole idea of rehabilitation and doing time goes out of the window and we are better off with death sentences like in the 1800s, second because it takes bravado out of masculine culture. So first promoting the idea of the cultured thug but then going all nanny state on removing the political rights from people who did time is hypocritical but also dysfunctional in the long term.
A cultured thug is not necessarily a criminal. And even if he were, the would be outnumbered by grug thugs by a million to one. Thus it would still be good for society to disenfranchise such people.
That was great stuff. Very stimulating.
The centrality of the irrational in human nature is something that many intellectuals run from, since their egos rely on the idea of reason alone for their status. The New Atheists play the same game, but substitute “evidence alone”.
But they mistake a part for the whole and a tributary for the source. You guys do not.
This makes the Platonic tripartite soul a more functional description of Homo sapiens than the Aristotelian/Thomas dyad of intellect and will. Hunger and logos…and thymos. All three inseparable aspects of us.
We are indeed mythic animals for whom identity and kinship (and therefore rivalry and enmity), image and narrative are central to our species’ nature.
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