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Against Fatalism: New Article at Quillette

May 26, 2016

by J. Andrew Zalucky

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Money isn’t everything. And as pervasive as it seems in politics, we shouldn’t let moneyed interests become equally as pervasive in our ambitions. This is the subject of my latest article at Quillette.

Taking a righteous person who wants to fight the powerful, and electing him or her to public office, tends to just make that person the newest member the club he or she sought to undermine in the first place. This is the nature of life within the architecture of the state. It’s not a charity or a non-profit created to serve pure and noble ends, but a necessary evil set up to have a monopoly on force and coercion. This allows it to mitigate the conflicts of interests among rival groups and individuals in society.

But this fact shouldn’t lead us to fatalism. Rather, it should reinforce that the mission to improve our lives is sometimes best pursued outside the realm of politics, and thus outside the realm of the state. By making great strides in private life and institutions, we can lessen the effects of state-enforced incompetence.

I also engage in some mild chit-chat about ancient Rome, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The article can be read in its entirety here.

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