Comprehensive or Constitutional Politics?

Source: Law & Liberty
by John G Grove

“Comprehensive politics is characterized by a tendency to focus on the aggregate social conditions of the whole. It is monistic, seeing social life as a fundamental unity: the overriding goal of political activity is to make the various parts of society conform to the vision or contribute to the mission of the whole. In the words of Robert Nisbet, this kind of political community seeks to bring ‘all lives, all ends, all values, and all means into total articulation with one another.’ Comprehensive politics implies a plasticity of human beings, who are the product of their broader social context. … While comprehensive politics starts with a dream of what could be, constitutional politics starts with what is: the actual people, institutions, and authorities of any given society.” ()5/09/24)