10/12/08

Contradictory Terms

As every stable society has a code which bids ‘bids men to do this or not do that,’ it follows that you cannot have a ‘Permissive Society.’ The two words ‘Permissive’ and ’society’ are contradictory. The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘permissive’ as ‘each individual free to do what he likes.’ ‘Society’ is defined as the ‘customs and organization of a civilized nation.’ Obviously, we cannot have ‘customs and organization’ if each individual ‘does what he likes.’

George Cook - Writing on comparative ethics
Encyclopedia Britannica

Extracted from R.J. Rushdoony’s ‘Noble Savages.’

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