I'm continuing my reporting on the next installment from Conservative Estimate, the recently founded website that is devoted to demolishing Conservatism.
Yesterday, Alfred George showed that the Myth of Independence, combined with the Myth of Self-interest, makes conservatives unjust and ungrateful, and thus unfit to live in society.
Today he discusses how the Myth of Independence corrupts justice in society.
If you would be so kind as to hop over the orange divider, we will sketch out today’s post.
Mr. George’s installment for today is brief. He begins by reminding us of what he showed last week, namely, that the Myth of Independence (that is, the belief that the strong succeed in life on their own) makes people self-centered and mean-spirited toward others. He goes on to show that this attitude in turn makes Mythers incapable of grasping the principles of justice.
Mythers become crippled in thinking about justice because of their ingrained habit of thinking of themselves apart from everyone else. Since Mythers constantly contemplate only their own rights and their own demands, they lose perspective on the big picture, on the view of society as a whole. They don’t see their connections with everyone else. . . . They come to imagine that possession of rights is a zero-sum game, that someone else’s accession to rights must necessarily diminish their own.He says that their propensity to go easy on themselves while being harsh with others makes it nearly impossible for them to see what is just. And obviously, if they don’t know what is just they can’t act justly.
Such people are incapable of making sound judgments about justice. Their imagination has become stunted by focusing so much on themselves. . . . And since they treat themselves leniently while treating others harshly, they are neither unprejudiced enough nor impartial enough to deal with others equitably.
Moreover, they cannot be trusted to judge their own actions fairly. This follows, of course, from their propensity to go easy on themselves. They can be relied upon to regard any transgressions of their own as mild or non-existent, while judging the infractions of others more harshly.Mr. George finishes todays post by pointing out that, instead of acting justly, Mythers expend great amount of energy defining their vices.
[T]hey justify themselves with any sort of argument, no matter how flimsy; they hire others to think up justifications for them; they even launch ad campaigns to try to convince their fellow citizens that their vices are actually beneficial to society. Anything to prevent facing the truth about themselves.You can read the whole post here.
And the truth is that their behavior is habitually unjust to their fellow citizens.
Tomorrow Mr. George will finish his consideration of the Myth of Independence. He will show how this Myth infects the very heart of society and rots the core of American life.
I’ll be reporting back each day as a new installment appears.