Fear and Loathing Week

[see here] While the political party of which I am a member disgraces itself with its absurd new website, I’m reminded of this bit of Alasdair MacIntyre, as he attacks the so-called communitarians with whom he’s too often associated:

The modern nation-state, in whatever guise, is a dangerous and unmanageable institution, presenting itself on the one hand as a bureaucratic supplier of goods and services, which is always about to, but never actually does, give its clients value for money, and on the other as a repository of sacred values, which from time to time invites one to lay down one’s life on its behalf. As I have remarked elsewhere… it is like being asked to die for the telephone company.

Alasdair MacIntyre, “A Partial Reply to My Critics”, in Horton and Mendus, eds., After MacIntyre, p.303.

0 thoughts on “Fear and Loathing Week”

  1. Perhaps the truest words written by a political theorist in the last half century.
    BTW, I looked for this on your site, but couldnt find it . Iam referring to a copy of aletter Macintyre wrote to the FT at the beginning of last years global finaincial meltdown. Reading it, it struck me as pithy and concise.I would love to quote it for apiece I’m wriitng for publicaation.

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