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Friday, February 5, 2016

Peikoff on ‘e pluribus unum’

Leonard Peikoff’s on the concept of ‘e pluribus unum’:

“All the key features of the capitalist state—its validation, its powers and limits, the prerogatives and interrelationships of its citizens—are unified, because all are derived from a single principle: the worldly self-preservation of the individual. In this view, the state is a form of connection among the Many—a connection made by the Many, and real only through their agreement. Here we see not a One transcending the Many, but a One in the Many. Or, putting Thales into Latin, ‘e pluribus unum’—the I formula.”

(Source: The Dim Hypothesis by Leonard Peikoff; Chapter: DIM in Modern Culture; Page: 161) 

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