December 24, 2008

The Righteous Plan

It is the season for good will, apparently, so I'm sure that there will be plenty of good will schemes coming out to join our masters over the water forbidding people from earning more money and Melanie Reid's conscription scheme. Like all of the plans of the Righteous they share a common structure, a structure outlined in this very old essay that goes:

The type and formula of most schemes of philanthropy or humanitarianism is this: A and B put their heads together to decide what C shall be made to do for D. The radical vice of all these schemes, from a sociological point of view, is that C is not allowed a voice in the matter, and his position, character, and interests, as well as the ultimate effects on society through C's interests, are entirely overlooked.

A perfect description of the Righteous, but when was this written? Unknown, but before 1910 anyway.


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