Dear Mr. Goldberg,
Here’s an excerpt from comments made by the late Jeanne Kirkpatrick in 2002:
“Aristotle acknowledges that legislation such as Socrates proposes may appear to wear a benevolent face. The listener hears it gladly, thinking that it will make everybody feel some marvelous sense of fraternity toward everybody else [italics added]. The evils existing under ordinary forms of government—lawsuits about contracts, convictions for perjury, obsequious flatteries of the rich— are considered a result of the absence of a system of common property. But, in truth, none of these evils, says Aristotle, is due to the absence of communism. They all arise from the wickedness of human nature.”
I’m no classics scholar, but the fact that her insight reminded me simultaneously of LF and the current campaign is truly depressing.