The False Conflict

It is said so often in social discourse that there are two realms of conduct competing for control over society:  one being the ‘public’ sector that represents ‘the state’ and the institutions that are dependant entirely upon state largesse; the other is the ‘private’ sector which refers to the institutions which operate outside of the state sphere, and is normally used as a synonym for ‘the market’. More specifically in debates this distinction is expressed as a battle between ‘political’ interests and ‘economic’ interests.  This is, however, an entirely false distinction and leads to yet another instance of individuals affixing their loyal banners to one camp or the other. Within the minds of those that take sides in this false battle between empty concepts are grand social narratives which inform their respective positions.

The individual who places his loyalties with the ‘public’ side views the ‘private’ as a disorderly nuisance, a creator of great economic and social inequality: discriminating and elitist. This leads the individual – depending upon how deeply the narrative is ingrained into his world view – to endorse forms of politics ranging from social democracy to communism.

On the other hand, the person who takes side with the ‘private’ sees the ‘public’ as a monster that usurps the private wills of countless individuals and will endorse positions ranging from a libertarian-tinged conservatism to anarcho-capitalism. I should add at this point that both sides of this conflict have legitimate grievances.

The problems of this are expressed in the following examples: I have seen so many ‘anarcho-capitalists’ advocate market absolutism* whereby they will stand up for any ‘private’ economic interest in the face of ‘public’ interference even if the activities of the private interest does not necessarily conform to their own views on the proper conduct of ‘private’ affairs. On the ‘public’ side we see notable self-described ‘anarcho-syndicalist’ Noam Chomsky advocating a project of supporting ‘the state’ against ‘private’ interests in order to curtail their negative effects. Thus on both sides we see people who claim to be ‘anarchists’ supporting forms of tyrannical conduct. These are a product of endorsing the grand narratives described above and lead unsurprisingly to unintentional support of one ‘side’ of the incumbent paradigm. The fact of the matter is that such a distinction is false. The incumbent system is so cross-bred between the interests of ‘public’ and ‘private’ that such distinctions have little to no bearing upon actual social reality.  This is the essence of a corporate system and by taking sides within it one is helping to continue the heteronomy that it produces – the very thing that those who agree with me are striving against. In many ways it is a more radical form of the pied-piperism which collects people into the world of electoral politics. It is a final web to constrict you and associate your thinking with the last portion of this heteronomous culture before you are free of it. Do not fall afoul of it.

*This criticism is similar to what Roderick Long refers to as ‘right-conflationism’, however this criticism goes deeper by including those that simply refer to ‘the market’ as a seemingly magical, context-free construct which will always provide the best outcomes. Voluntary association – and how ‘good’ that association may be – depends upon the qualities of the referent individuals who take part in it, not merely the fact of their association being voluntary.

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One Response to The False Conflict

  1. ChewyBees says:

    An interesting twist on what should be a common viewpoint. Public and private are the opposing dichotomies of the what should be a singular entity: mankind. We see this hemispherical division in nearly everything presented to men by organizations of any kind. It is this two-dimensional thinking that allows mind numbing education, religious, scientific, governmental and any other institution or organization to encapsulate what should be a critically thinking mind, and turn it into a light-switch. When a man has but two choices (a reality of his own ego driven, fear-based limitations), then he can be controlled, and the dipole switches can be stacked one on top of each other, higher and higher until that man no longer has the ability to do anything but choose between two well presented and sinisterly devised choices for everything.

    Here’s a short list:
    Heaven Hell
    God Devil
    Christian Muslim
    Religious Atheist
    Capitalist Communist
    Axis Allies
    Liberal Conservative
    Left Right
    Gay Straight
    Republican Democrat
    Rich Poor
    Love Hate
    Public Private

    These are the obvious and mainstream variety. But if a genuine examination is given into anything that is presented by the governments advertising universe: the media; one will find this two-dimensional pattern of choice pervasive in all of it.
    There is a group of critically thinking men that influence this planet. They have created the world we live in, and are desperately, white knuckle gripping it in its throes of failure. They have created and proliferated the either/or system, and it is now on life support, and soon too will be the people that cannot possibly live in a world where either/or no longer exists. If you are reading this, and this all sounds new or unreal, then test yourself and turn off all mainstream media (Networks, network news, newspapers, magazines, squawk radio, and anything by Reuters or AP) for 7 days, and see if your level of input and output changes dramatically, and the level of your intelligence increases, even in that short period of time.
    I know this will happen because the mind does not like to be at rest. The Idiot box fills that time with nonsense, all the while telling the mind how to think when the idiot box isn’t programming it with channels of limitation. So what will you do with all that time? I guess it’s time to start digging.

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