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Friday, August 28, 2015

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I review Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed, and explain why Hobbes wants you to hate your parents so that you will love your sovereign instead.

7 comments:

Withywindle said...

Congrats!

(Now must read what I've congratulated you for; heavens.)

Miss Self-Important said...

I don't think that's actually necessary. It will not be on the exam.

Withywindle said...

OK, read them … Hobbes is one seriously messed up dude. Is the follow-up argument that we are all his heirs in this conception of the family>

Miss Self-Important said...

It's not an illogical position. Family loyalties are a problem for the development of the state, especially a state that develops out of a feudal/aristocratic context. The follow-up is that one of our inheritances is Hobbes's antipathy to civil society and private association, and his preference that individuals depend on and are loyal only to the state. But we are also heirs of the Locke/Montesquieu/Tocqueville line of thought which promotes civil society and private association. Our tradition is very rich, or contradictory, depending on how you prefer to frame it.

Withywindle said...

Interesting. Hobbes' Children for the monograph title? Or just as the name of the band?

Phoebe said...

The eternal student-writing question! Even the far-left has its doubts: http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/against-students-stories/

Miss Self-Important said...

Withywindle: Bodin's Children, if we're being accurate. That could be good, although totally opaque as far as the argument goes.

Phoebe: Student non-writing, even. Student facebook commenting! But it got him a WaPo editorial byline at age 18, thereby proving my point (in a truncated way, unless he actually becomes a journalist as a result of this).