The following are excerpted from the overview of the thought of Auguste Comte (who coined the term, “sociology”) in Irving Zeitlin, Ideology and the Development of Sociological Theory, 77-85:
“Comte saw a “deplorable state of anarchy” in his time. […] He hoped to call [his] “science” [of sociology] to the attention of statesmen who “profess to devote themselves to the task of resolving the alarming revolutionary constitution of modern societies”.
“Order and progress, which the ancients thought irreconcilable, must be united once and for all. Comte regarded it as the greatest misfortune of his time that that the two principles were regarded as contradictory. What he called the retrograde party was for order, whereas the anarchical party was for progress.”
“Comte is especially indignant at the metaphysical view that “represents all government as being the enemy of society, and the duty of society to keep up a perpetual suspicion and vigilance….”. Liberty of conscience is a dogma which had value as a weapon against theological dogmatism but is no longer useful because it can never be a positive organic principle- that is, the basis for the reorganization of society”.
‘Equality is another dogma: It has limited historical value as a weapon, but must not be turned into an absolute. It is an anarchic principle and hostile to order, as is the dogma of the “sovereignty of the people”, which condemns the superior to dependence on the masses and opposes reorganization on different principles”.
“Comte despised intellectual anarchy and regarded it as the main cause of social disunity…True moral order, Comte believed, “is incompatible with the existing vagabond liberty of individual minds if such license were to last; for the great social rules which should become customary cannot be abandoned to the blind and arbitrary decision of an incompetent public without losing all their efficacy”. Comte feared and disliked social criticism and its disorganizing results. Criticism of the traditional patriarchal family, for example, had led to the legalization of divorce, and hence to personal and domestic disorder. Questioning and criticizing time-honored institutions is destructive and threatens to undermine all social life.”
“As Comte proceeds in his exposition of social statics, he considers the individual, the family, and society, “the last comprehending in a scientific sense, the whole of the human species, and chiefly, the whole of the white race”. Not the individual but the family is the true social unit, because the family is the school of social life. Man is a social being whose social nature is formed in the family context…The subordination of women is natural and will continue in the new society…”Sociology will prove that the equality of the sexes, of which so much is said, is incompatible with all social existence”.”
I originally taught myself politics many years ago by reading a lot of cuckservative thinkers. From them I learned to think of Comte as some kind of diabolical supervillain and pioneering architect of Leftism. It is likely that this characterization came to them as a hand-me-down from somebody who really was a Leftist supervillain, but one dear to the hearts of the cuckservatives- namely John Stuart Mill, who described Comte’s thought as “the most complete system of spiritual and temporal despotism that ever issued from the brain of any human being” (quoted in Zeitlin. p.85). And now I know just why. Live and learn, as they say.