Butler Shaffer on Individuality vs. Institutions

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Posted in category Decivilization

I highly recommend that people buy Butler Shaffer’s new book, The Wizards of Ozymandias, if they are at all interested in an anarcho-capitalist’s assessment of the dissolution of Western culture and civilization. A nice snippet from the Mises.org book review is as follows:

Western culture has produced material and spiritual values that have done so much to humanize and civilize mankind. Unfortunately, it has also produced highly-structured institutions and practices that not only impede, but reverse these life-enhancing qualities.

Butler has long been writing on the problem with institutional hierarchies and their system of groupthink and centralized controls, and how the interests of institutions and individuals are not compatible.

Additionally, on Friday evening at the Mises Institute Supporters Summit, Butler was awarded the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for 2012, which is awarded for a ”lifetime defense of liberty.” In fact, during a trip to FDR’s Little White House this weekend, it was noted that Butler, who was a young boy when FDR died, apparently had a special place reserved for him in FDR’s Georgia hideaway.

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