Social Contract Theory Advocates Hate Him! Find Out Why!

Published November 27, 2020
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Nothing bares the worst of man’s politics than the need to hold steadfast the integrity of group identity; the grossest culprit is society’s presumed goodness.

This presumed good society reflects all the depths of man: resourceful and benevolent while simultaneously not lacking in desire, powerful enough to destroy its environment and yet incapable of standing up to one self-centered man, theoretically loving yet somehow always assumed apathetic, to be cautiously minded as a parent that knows what’s best and yet ignored as an uninformed agent of conformity.

An image of Auschwitz Internment Camp.

No matter the degree of depravity to which any mob might sink, nor the quantity of its victims, society remains untarnished; the good it can deliver retains its purity. No amount of corruption nor vice can ever reach high enough to topple the pedestal of esteem on which society sits.

It is omniscient, as it always knows the best way. It is unknowable, as it is always something that’s not any one of us. In this respect, it is the original god. Society is the original religion to which we continue to owe our lives.

Of course, as with all religions, it’s a lie.

The Truth About Society

The truth is simple: it is unknowable precisely because it doesn’t actually exist. Society is simply an abstraction.

A picture of a mob.

An abstraction is what you get when you collect some things, retain only selected shared characteristics, and ignore all the rest. It’s what gives us length out of an innumerable number of different-sized sticks. An abstraction is a concept in the mind, a tool of cognition meant to construct meaning and propose action.

Society as an abstraction is derived from the observed collective thoughts, desires, behaviors, interactions, and conditions of many composite individuals. An abstraction, being a thought, is incapable of having a will of its own, engaging in any implied contracts, directing itself in any endeavor, and generally doing anything at all.

The only entity capable of actually having any of those characteristics is the individual person.

Lying To Ourselves

A picture of the White House in Washington, DC.

When individuals pretend that there is a willful society outside of them, particularly if they are powerless to fight against it, the inversion only breeds disorder. It is not long before the individual’s responsibilities are understandably relinquished, only to become society’s responsibility. After all, it surely knows best.

Society rises in answer, with its postural reigns taken up by those who know better, those who can perform these responsibilities for a price. These individuals understandably desire to make others in their image, manage the world because they know what’s best, profit from the needs of this society and take credit for the accomplishments of others as if they were running a little house with little children.

Since the dawn of civilization, and indeed almost inherent in civilization, this has been the order of things.

The Landscapes of Democracies

It doesn’t matter at all whether the ruled or the ruler can switch places. It doesn’t matter if the ruled can tell the ruler what to do. This only changes the number of individuals involved, but it doesn’t change the landscape at all.

Today, mobs of individuals decide the fate of their fellow person guided by no actual rules, no actual definitions, and no actual consequences. Any right, no matter how profound, can be overturned if enough people decide it so. Any property, no matter how necessary, can be taken if enough people want it.

You are in staunch opposition to the freedom and the value of the individual when you demand things from others simply because you exist. When you force others to specific action to benefit you and your friends, and when you ask others with guns to impose your baseless decisions, to do your hard work of an argument for you, you spit in the face of man. It doesn’t matter if one person does it, like a dictator, or hundreds of thousands of people do it, like in that most hallowed of institutions.

Democracy is always a two-party system: the oppressors and the oppressed. The demarcation line is periodically redrawn based on popularity, nothing more.

You can’t stand against oppression if you are an oppressor. You can’t fight the mob with the rule of the mob. You can’t say might isn’t right when your might makes it right.

The Greater Good

Social contracts, the commons, the goodness of society, the public welfare, and so on are just rationalizations to maintain and worship this status quo. At the base of all of them is the vicious behavior of children desiring to be taken care of and wanting to get their own way. Advocates turn their backs to tribalism, favors, corruption, degradation, and oppression and have the audacity to proclaim, “This sickness brought to you by society will be cured by cultivating more society.”

It is vicious behavior because of what it demands. All of these rationalizations, at their heart, demand that society, an abstraction, is upheld by its constituents even if it pains them to do so. Many times, especially if it pains them to do so. One cannot have too much, nor can one be too bold, nor can one be too offensive, nor can one be too selfish. Who decides what is too much, too bold, too offensive, or too selfish? Society, of course.

Being abstract, society can’t actually decide these things, nor can it be upheld. Particular people decide these things, often at the expense of their neighbors (but rarely their own). It’s all a lie told either to placate or to assuage terror.

There Is No Save Feature

No one can save the world. They don’t know-how. Reality and life don’t need a savior. The presupposition that it needs saving is erroneous. It is not anyone’s place to fix other people’s lives without their consent, to figure out who needs to be taken from and who needs given to, to sort it all out, so it works better. All manifestations of that committee, heading up the front of society, are simply harbingers of suffering and enslavement.

Reality is the final arbiter. There is yet to exist a logical argument for why you, being equal, should be able to force me to do what you want in any part of my life’s demesne if my actions are not infringing on anyone else. In this, there is no logical argument for slavery, no matter how civilized. No person holds the sanction to another’s life. No bank exists to fulfill this blank check. No unadulterated will, through existing, makes a security deposit in some grand scheme.

An Argument Yet To Exist

An exhibit of police from the Weed museum.

In turn, there is yet to exist an argument for why I, being equal, should be able to force you to do what I want. I have no place to trespass, molest, or prune your values, nor take your fruits. It goes both ways.

When individuals don’t pretend that there is a willful society outside of them, all justice becomes clear. There is no abstract on which to pin anything undesirable, be it work or consequences. Suddenly freedom cannot be estranged from responsibility. Oppressors are quickly identified, justice is swiftly sought, and human rights are recognized by their nature, not by their grant. It is no wonder that those who desire to control others, through either their laziness, fear, or hubris, don’t want anyone to think there isn’t a society.

But there isn’t one.

The Doctrine Of Total Annihilation

Too often, the horticulture of individuals sees so many bountiful branches pruned to fit the frame of propriety in others’ eyes. These botanists decry the garden’s poor state and prepare ever larger shears for the reshaping, never knowing the incredible shapes that would’ve been. The plants themselves wither, twisting themselves into knots in response. It’s time that this landscape was seen as the impenetrable forest it is, rather than the populist’s storehouse. It’s time to relinquish the natural wyrd of the human spirit to its possessors.

It’s time that those who have suffered at the hands of these illusions, whose souls have despaired in doubt at the veracity of their natural wills, to say no more to being forced for their own good to participate.

Featured Graphic Based On A Photo by Dylan McLeod on Unsplash
Auschwitz Graphic Based On A Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash
Mob Graphic Based On A Photo by Nicholas Green on Unsplash
White House Graphic Based On A Photo by René DeAnda on Unsplash
Poster Graphic Based On A Photo by BP Miller on Unsplash
Police Graphic Based On A Photo by Bret Kavanaugh on Unsplash

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