"Self-regulation doesn’t infringe on freedom at all. It bestows more freedom. It frees us from negative emotions and self-defeating behaviors. Similarly, wise regulation of the economic world frees us from the tyranny of the corrupt."
Interestingly Peter begins the above with 3 very important true statements, very much related to what we have been saying in this article. However, "wise regulation" from without is not in any way similar to such self-regulation, and rather than freeing one from tyranny, because it is not voluntarily chosen by the individual, is merely another form of tyranny.
"The common good won’t be enshrined without a common will."
All human evaluations are necessarily individual to each and every human. There is no collective of humans which thinks, evaluates, chooses and acts as does an individual human. The concepts of "common good" and "common will" are anti-concepts that are undefinable for reality and are just as destructive to rational thought and to human society as are the oxymoronic notions of "common property" and "public goods".
Hopefully those who are serious about a better society than that which exists will give some serious thought to the errors we have pointed out above in Peter Michaelson's article - just some of many (often repetitious and self-contradictory), and in conjunction with doing so, will read "Social Meta-Needs: A New Basis for Optimal Human Interaction". That essay presents the basis for the paradigm shift in human thinking that is needed to develop a society in which individuals rationally interact to the mutual benefit of the highest lifetime happiness of each.
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