Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Röpke on Anthrotheism

In A Humane Economy by Wilhelm Röpke, he concludes by contrasting two types of social thought, which he labels "centrism" and "decentrism." Röpke contends that centrism is the "fatal disease" (p. 261) of our time, and that meaningful freedom of the individual requires decentrism, and at a larger scale than then (1957) enjoyed.

It was this bit of the conclusion that relates to anthrotheism:

The decentrist must in all circumstances be a convinced universalist; he must keep his eye on a larger community which is all the more genuine for being structured and articulated. His center is God, and this is why he refuses to accept human centers instead, that is, precisely that which consistent centrism, in the form of collectivism, intends to present him with. [p. 233; emphasis added]

Centrists are anthrotheists, in that they give the role of previously filled by God to aggregated human society. Theists believe that right and wrong are defined by God, but Jacobin anthrotheists look to public opinion for this, so all it takes to make your current behavior acceptable is to change public opinion.

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