There Is No

There Is No "Free Society": Individualist Essays

by Kirk Watson, Georges Palante

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A "free society" is an impossibility. The libertarian and anarchist criticism of the State made by libertarians is not enough, since society will always remain, and social constraint is far more insidious; it: "fetters the individual with a thousand small, invisible ties, aiming to transform him into a good herdling."

In these essays, Georges Palante not only demolishes the "social dogmas" but builds on their ruins, substituting hypothesis, sensibility and intuition for dogma, and in place of obedience to the social machine, he offers strategies by which the individual can retain his uniqueness and live in peace, while navigating around the crushing tentacles of state and society.

The Palantian critique of the hive mind, and his defense of individual liberty and the inner self, are more necessary than ever, in our days of where the herd mentality seems on track for global domination through smart phones, Google and social media, all-pervasive advertising and political messaging, as well as electronic surveillance by governmental and commercial entities on a nearly comprehensive scale. The independent minds that remain will resonate with what Palante has to say.

Most of the selections offered here are presented in their first ever English editions: "Individual Consciousness and Social Consciousness", "Socialism and Individualism", "The Social Dogmatisms and the Liberation of the Individual", "Anarchism and Individualism", and "The Moral Antinomies between the Individual and Society".

This second edition has been revised in its entirety, expanded with a new chapter, and now has a fully functional and linked table of contents.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157940058
Publisher: Kirk Watson
Publication date: 01/29/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 254 KB

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