Enlightened self-interest, the ideology of human sacrifice
From Tocqueville to Marx, and all the way to Klaus Schwab and the activists of Last Generation. The ideology of sacrifice that has been corrupting our society from behind the scenes for centuries.
Da Tocqueville a Marx, fino ad arrivare a Klaus Schwab e agli attivisti di Ultima Generazione. L'ideologia del sacrificio che da secoli corrompe la nostra società da dietro le quinte.
What do Alexis Tocqueville, Karl Marx, Klaus Schwab, John Perry Barlow, the activists of Last Generation, and the World Economic Forum have in common?
A concept, little known but widespread, called "enlightened self-interest."
Despite appearances, the concept of enlightened self-interest has nothing to do with themes like individuality, self-determination, or the ability to think for oneself. Instead, it is closely related to collectivism and sacrifice for the “common good”.
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Collectivists have long understood that convincing people to sacrifice themselves and their freedoms is not an easy task — unless the pill is sugar-coated. Enlightened self-interest is the philosophical axiom that forms the basis of more advanced concepts, such as Karl Marx's idea of communism or Klaus Schwab's "stakeholder capitalism."
Interest rightly understood by Tocqueville
Some claim that the concept was first imagined by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835 in a passage from "Democracy in America".
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