This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The Enlightenment and the social contract

What has been said so far leaves little room for the so-called “libertarian” mentality, which would conceive of man as a “noble savage” who enters into society only as a necessary evil rather than as a natural good. Such a view, although it seems quite normal today, is quite modern and is in fact a product of Enlightenment humanism. Only during that period did it become a core doctrine, eventually evolving into the school of thought known as Liberalism. If, taking a wider view, we survey human history in general, we find that this anti-social point of view is quite in the minority. If we survey Christian history specifically, we find that it is non-existent.

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