Philosophy of M.C. Williams

M.C. Williams would like to become known as a "modern member" of the classical philosophers. His political theory builds upon Aristotle, his esoteric writing style recollects Plato. His enterprise, to identify justice itself, evokes the platonic philosophical voyage in Plato's Republic. His method and logical progressions are somehow quite Greek, his sacrifices on behalf of logic are virtually exasperating. Many are confounded by the extremes present in this political philosopher's approach, flashes of creativity and unorthodoxy, archaic prose and references, and a love of the classics bordering on reckless.

But where most Greek and Roman philosophers stopped, M.C. Williams plows on, reaping the harvests of Jean-Jaques Rousseau, Niccolo Machiavelli, Montesquieu and John Locke, tenderly reaping their fruit and placing it logically into the feast of political theory he is preparing. Lost in his summations of the giants of philosophy, one often forgets that Williams is quietly becoming one himself, building an utterly astounding political theory upon the shoulders of these luminaries, and not just teaching, although he does plenty of that.

M.C. Williams borrows equally from law and economics, as well as political science, in casting his philosophy. John Rawls, Adam Smith, Posner, Scalia, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Algernon Sydney, Trenchard and Gordon, Thomas Jefferson, Hobbes, Kant, Hume, Heidigger, Hussurl, and Helvetius all make appearances, and great as they are, become but marionettes in Williams' hands as he works towards his ultimate exposition.

One cannot be surprised, after awhile, to find M.C. Williams mining the subjects of Physical Science for political gems and nuggets. Williams makes it clear that there is a geometry of justice, a shape, an equation, a physical reality to it, taking him deep into the realms of fractals, fractal geometry, from which he constructs crystalline structures of fractal politics and fractal constitutions. Just as he did in the Sophomoric Discourses, he continues to display his almost supernatural ability to find political truths in practically anything, however seemingly irrelevant, esoteric or unrelated.

M.C. Williams' esoteric political theory is based upon Greek drama, especially Sophocles' Antigone. But against this backdrop, he ruthlessly applies Plato's lessons from the Gorgias, Crito, Meno, Laws, Protagoras, Phaedrus, Alcibiades, Hippias and other dialogs. Aristotelian principles are also brought to bear, from the Posterior Analytcs, Prior Analytics, Metaphysics, Nichomachaean Ethic, and Rhetoric. To this he adds historical lessons and examples from Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Roman history, the Achaean League, Athens, Sparta, and even ancient Korea. Williams has a relentless and bewildering ability to synthesize virtually everything he touches upon into his fascinating final tour-de-force theory, the fractal harmonic constitution. With his work, he has left everyone so far behind that he virtually cannot be argued with, only argued about. His esoteric style and literary genius render him nearly impossible to refute, or even pin down entirely, and yet his political theory arises as crisp and precise as an architects' blueprint.

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