This article is published in the Summer Penthouse AU… [ read it here ]
Liberty is an eccentricity of human order. Our natural inclination is to rebel against anarchy and seek safety under the shelter of rules. We function best when these are backed by threat and rewarded with riches. This is the basic root between religion, politics and philosophy – the careless smear that blurs the three structures of civilisation together. We bend between these, battered by all manner of external force. War. Disaster. Surplus. Exploration. Find me a political system that does not dream of utopia while wrestling with the ever-closing reality of dystopia. One is impossible – the other, probable.