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Social Theory and Unproven (and

Unprovable) Assumptions
I talk about this a lot, so I may as well write something about it too.
Actually, I’ve already written about it, in my book . . . on the first page: that
all thinking is based upon unproven and unprovable assumptions.

Because this is the case, all social thinking—or social theory


construction—is based upon unproven and unprovable assumptions too;
therefore a good social theory simply needs to be the best, or the most
workable, social theory possible.

Think of it like this, mathematics, which is nothing if not rational and


logical, is based upon the unproven and unprovable assumption that the
invisible laws of logic (somehow) prevent 2 + 2 from visibly equaling 5.
The law of non-contradiction seems, somehow, to exist, but it’s not
provable as to how or why it exists, it’s just assumed to be true, because it
works. Likewise, the assumption of an invisible divine being—God—is not
provable, but we cannot escape the visible phenomenal world in which we
exist, and this world testifies to the existence of a divine being who is
greater than the world, through whom the world came to be, and who
sustains the very existence of the world.

As I’ve said elsewhere, we have only two social theories from which to
choose today: natural law or the will to power.

While I’m on this subject, let me say this: social theories premised upon
atheism, humanism, or agnosticism begin and end with the will to power;
and with people (i.e., humankind) as the highest (ultimate) authority.
There is no higher standard to which a person can be held (legally) than to
a human standard and to positive law alone, which reigns supreme (i.e.,
the decrees of human legislatures and the decisions of human courts).

Social theories which are premised upon God and the natural law (i.e.,
divine, eternal, moral laws of the universe) provide a standard above that
which is human, which transcends humankind and positive law; positive
law must live up to the natural law standard.

When I discuss this with people I try to get at the heart of the matter by
asking: What are the unproven and unprovable assumptions that you’re
basing your social theory upon, and do they work, for a society, better than
mine work? Would a society based upon your assumptions be more or less
just? If the person is an atheist, antitheist, humanist, or agnostic I will
always point out the fact that neither of our assumptions, which we base
our social theories upon, are provable, but that one of our social theories
works, as a social theory, better than the other: mine (i.e., natural law). So,
since mine works better than yours does—because mine better
conceptualizes justice, as justice applies to society—mine wins.

People may not like to hear this, but it’s true. And, when it comes to
constructing social theories, I’m nothing if not pragmatic.
This makes natural law somewhat of a “right makes might” position;
rather the opposite of the “might makes right” position, which, ultimately,
is the only logical conclusion of the will to power philosophy.

I have total confidence that, in any debate concerning social theory,


natural law will beat the will to power as the better philosophical
foundation for social theory construction; hands down. Natural law was
good enough for 2,000 years of Western Civilization, for the author of the
Declaration of Independence, for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and
natural law is certainly good enough for us, today; because it beats the will
to power, any day.

So, when it comes to social theory . . . may the best (i.e., most just and
workable) unproven and unprovable assumption—natural law—win