9 December 2014

Welfare and antistatism: no clash?

. @hjbentham. #LOrdre. @Beliefnet. #welfare. #liberty. #equality.

The L'Ordre blog featured at the Fox-owned Beliefnet website has attempted to refute the idea that antistatism necessarily includes being against welfare. Taking inspiration from the theories of American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, L'Ordre argues that antistatism is a necessary part of the crisis of the world-system, but that it should not divert people from fighting for global welfare.

In a post titled "Welfare is the sum of all political and economic health", the blog maintains that being committed to the welfare of humanity is essential to modernity. Defining positive antistatism as the rejection of violent and illegitimate "stateness" rather than the forms of welfare that can be attributed not just to churches and states but to all sustainable communities, the L'Ordre blog presents a cogent analysis:
Welfare is not a form of stateness, but an essential pillar of modernity. Without sustaining welfare, we could not claim to still be dedicated to liberty, equality and brotherhood – the three essentially overlapping concepts that complement and reinforce each other and have been held by every public-serving political actor since the French Revolution. How well we succeed, the very metric of humanity’s political health, is that of liberty-equality-fraternity.

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Much of the post was also dedicated to refuting the imperialist "democratic peace theory" used to justify wars, such as the War in Iraq, based on fabrications that one model of civilization ( usually called "western") is innately superior and should be entitled to to conquer and rule over others:
It is my view that democratic peace theory, the simplistic view that so-called democracies (also “western”) do not go to war (and that so-called democratization is therefore essential to establishing world peace) is just a personal opinion based on cultural prejudices and arbitrary distinctions among forms of state, and doesn’t deserve to be treated as a valid theory of International Relations. It is very difficult to see how the view that “democracy” decreases the probability of war is any different from any other extremist ideological claim made throughout history. 
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The L'Ordre blog has enjoyed popularity at Fox's Beliefnet, and has remained on the "Featured Columnists" section for multiple weeks. Visit it at lordre.net for even more of the blog's informative and unique content.

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