I have had a sense of history since age seven. I read widely on ancient and American civilization and personages. Inculcated in the family mythos, Christianity, I investigated Greek mythology, too. My obsession with paleontology was not a mere dinosaur phase, but a fascination with vast spans of time, and together with astronomy provided a cosmic sense. Early I was attuned to the contingent and accidental,while still looking for general principles. While still a Christian I studied Christian history - a real rarity these days - and understood, then, truly, what a horrifying animal man can be, especially when dogma rules ethical thought as well as speculative matters (which are the traditional subjects of religion). Even as i explored the human sciences, I never forgot to ponder either the big picture or the minute details of the past.
Perhaps the reason Americans tolerate such enormities and absurdities from their government is that even the nicest citizens utterly lack a sense of perspective that a good education (very hard to get, formally) might provide. Foolishly proud in his ignorance, whether tea party or occupier, your average American is, as far as the real sense of history runs, an utter fool.
But Spencer did not draw a full anarchism in that chapter, and he repudiated the very idea later in life, on the grounds of the free rider problem. See his own review of his first book, as printed in his AUTOBIOGRAPHY. It was reprinted in Liberty as a review of a reprint of the book, back in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
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