Equality and order

Equality or sameness is an absense of distinction, and order is the relation of something distinct to its principle. For this reason things cannot be both ordered and equal at the same time and in the same respect. Order requires that something be primary and something else be secondary, and so in the precise way we desire order we must deny equality.

For this reason, one of the radical temptations of a democratic people will always be to anarchy. This temptation to anarchy is a constant temptation for both the left and the right, for it belongs to a democratic people as such.

Anarchy is not the call for abolishing government, but rather a call for the government to spontaneously arise out of the desires and cultural inclinations of the people. On the left, this tends to manifest itself as a call for revolution, which often involves using the government as a tool to deconstruct established order. On the right, this tends to manifest itself as the desire to simply turn off the government altogether, or severely restrict its power. Both philosophies will appeal to simply letting the people decide what they want, whatever it might be. These two philosophies can each be good when they are used correctly (for there is a time for both revolution and restriction) but both philosophies become perverse when they are seen as primary, as though the primary goal of political action was either revolution or restriction.

Some of the gravest errors that left and right fall prey to cannot be seen clearly until we see them both as coming from a certain temptation that lies at the heart of a free people. Because equality is opposed to order simply speaking, we are tempted to think that equality must be opposed to order in one subject.

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