Left-Liberal Argument for Atomization of Social Capital
This is how the elites think of us hayseeds in flyover country, just itchin' for a pogrom even though we've never had one in this country and most of us don't even know what the word means. Better not let us have a chance to talk to each other.
So, contra proto-Fascists like Alexis de Tocqueville and Albert Jay Nock, we should follow all other totalitarian régimes and implore on our Government to save us and smash to smithereens the "civic institutions, such as parent-teacher associations, athletic leagues, churches and music clubs."
Corps intermédiaires must be abolished! Only the State and the Individual should be left standing, ensuring the eternal triumph of the former. Commenter Harold Barnett carries the argument to its logical conclusion, noting that the author "forgot the most evil, the most pervasive, voluntary associations around: the nuclear family, the extended family and the tribe:"
- Operating in secret, meeting and sharing in secret, even eating in secret, they pass on the most pernicious beliefs imaginable. The tribe keeps all others out during their special rituals and celebrations in which they pass on their pernicious extremist beliefs. Until we can ban meetings of the tribe and the family, democracy will never be safe.