Quote of the Week: Carl Schmitt, “The Concept of the Political”

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Carl Schmitt (1885-1985)

A religious community, a church, can exhort a member to die for his belief and become a martyr, but only for the salvation of his own soul, not for the religious community in its equality as an earthly power; otherwise it assumes a political dimension. Its holy wars and crusades are actions which presuppose an enemy decision, just as do other wars. Under no circumstances can anyone demand that any member of an economically determined society, whose order in the economic domain is based upon rational procedures, sacrifice his life in the interest of rational operations. To justify such a demand on the basis of economic expediency would contradict the individualistic principles of a liberal economic order and could never be justified by the norms and ideals of an economy autonomously conceived.

▪ Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political (University of Chicago Press, 2007 [1932]) extract from page 48.

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