Deep thought

March 16, 2010

“From one point of view, the rise of the new class involves the priority of thinking – not any thinking, however, but a technocratically foreshortened, instrumentalist, and administrative thinking – over the lifeworld of everyday interactions, communities, and traditions, and the orders of human nature.  It is the assertion of the primacy of logic against the complexity of living, and it runs the risk therefore of collapsing either into an irrelevant ineffectiveness, an idealism incapable of grasping the real, or a destructiveness, when it tries to refashion ways of life into its own invented programs.  Human communities frequently show resilience and creativity, and they can survive more than one expects; but those existential resources are not infinite, and aggressive programs of social engineering can eventually destroy the patterns of living, the structures of meaning – the families, communities, faiths, nations, cultures, traditions – when they try to control them.”

Russell Berman, “New Class, New Culture”  (Via Volokh Conspiracy)