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Left Cultural Conservatism

Author(s): Paul Geyer
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; left; conservatism; subject; inheritance; property; taxation policy; cultural canon; Europe.

Summary/Abstract: Analysing Rousseau and major works of Romantic literatures, the author unfolds a leftist conservative utopia. 1. Today economists seem devoid of structural fantasy. Methodology for them means statistics and mathematics; they limit their analysis to the power relations in what has already becom a totalitarian capitalism. Through mathematical models, the economy converts randomness into necessity; historicity, into immutable nature. 2. Taxation, above a certain level of income and wealth, must prevent the common good being damaged by private selfishness and the individual being deprived of support; but taxation is defined through its incomes in the globalized greed of ownership. The Medieval Church knew what it was doing when it forbade the drawing of interest on financial transactions. 3. When individuals inherit, the state should acquire the major part of this accumulated wealth and invest it so as to ensure an equal start for the next generation. Talents, abilities and flaws are evenly distributed among children of different classes. Therefore inheritance should be added equally to the development of the talents and the abilities of all children through upbringing, education and science, and especially in teaching a canon of European cultural history. This canon preserves modern subjectivity and the soul of Europe. It is the last stronghold against totalitarian capitalism.

  • Issue Year: XXIII/2014
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 99-116
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian