This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Universal suffrage as the institutionalization individualism

 “In the beginning the legislator did not have to concern himself at all with the son, the daughter, and the salve, for these fell within the exclusive jurisdiction of the father. Step by step they all became subject to the law: the state had broken through into a world from which it was at first excluded, and had claimed as subject to its own jurisdiction those who had in former days been subjects of the father alone.”

~ Bertrand de Jouvenel[1]

The greatest victory of universal suffrage was to codify into law the individualistic mentality from which it had sprung. It achieved in writing the final dissection of the last hierarchical barrier between the State and the individual, which was the family.

Within the context of universal suffrage, each voter is to the State a basic political unit, autonomous and ready to be set against every other unit in comparison to which it is theoretically identical. Thus, husband and wife could now be treated separately by the State (although the child has not yet been given a ballot he is nonetheless absorbed through compulsory education). The family, which had always been the fundamental political unit, was no more, and from then on became something artificial rather than organic, common but politically irrelevant. Families at this point began having to justify the customary protections they had always received, which now seemed like ‘privileges’ (for, after all, why should two or three identical individuals receive benefits and supports that an individual does not?).

[1] On Power, p. 180.

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