ABSTRACT

The sophist Lycophron, it is said, expressly claimed that the law was only a contract allowable claims upon one another, without any concern to make the citizens virtuous or just. On the contrary, anarchists are bound to be considering politics—that is, the proper management of self-governing communities freed from domination. An anarchistical philosophy that is only nihilistic, a rejection of the very idea of ethical authority, will usually turn out to serve the interests of another. Truckling, compromise, time-serving, capitulations of conscience, are conventionally opprobrious names for what, if successfully carried out, would be on his principles by far the easiest and most praiseworthy mode of bringing about that harmony between inner and outer relations which is all that he means by good. The absolute moralist, on the other hand, when his interests clash with the world, is not free to gain harmony by sacrificing the ideal interests.