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I was perhaps subconsciously taking the opposite position  to the one you postulate (social demands/social justice = feminine, see it's easy to put a positive spin on the feminine side).
But I strongly disagree with your portrayal of government become subservient to the people (Staatsvolk) : on the contrary, it has pretty much abandoned social demands in its subservience to the Marktvolk.

Certainly it may be helpful to acknowledge the unquestioning, unthinking subservience to neoliberalism in terms of hierarchical instincts, in order to revolt against it. Certainly it's the Alpha Doctrine, to adopt your vocabulary.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Aug 24th, 2014 at 03:34:18 PM EST
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Democracy is not defined in hierarchal terms. If there is indeed a hidden instinctive demand for hierarchal subservience and clarity, that is a problem for the supposed governing progress. The conservative distaste for welfare state, providing basic needs would have an explanation then.

The famous motto "Government of the people, by the people, for the people" seems to put the people above the government. But literal interpretation soon leads to the libertarian distinction of PeopleTM. What does democracy mean if< hierarchal relations cannot be avoided?

The liberal-progressive movement had definite successes in the last 100 years, even if ignoring (possibly) crucial aspects of human nature. It is worth to analyze this under several assumptions.

One possibility is that the greatly positive feminine side has a good chance to steer the society when resources are plentiful - but once resource limitations are perceived, "responsible" hierarchal instincts gradually kick in.

by das monde on Mon Aug 25th, 2014 at 07:10:43 AM EST
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