Individuals #11

Actually, the story about Mayor DiBlasio in one of the previous posts is a great example of the individualist ideology I’ve been discussing here. He proceeds in accordance of his deeply individualistic view of human beings. He sees humans as completely identical and ahistorical objects on a shelf. If anything goes wrong, they simply need … Continue reading “Individuals #11”

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Individuals #10

Unlike classical liberals or neoliberals, progressive liberals don’t openly support the truly stratospheric inequality of modern times. To the contrary, opposing the inequality is a large part of their platform. Curiously, they achieve a whole lot in every area that matters to them but this one. Inequality grows. The reason why they are so unsuccessful … Continue reading “Individuals #10”

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Individuals #4

Conservatives keep blabbering about family values and smaller communities. But all they really ever advance is economic deregulation, globalization of the economy, and crushing inequality. Dog eat dog, everybody is out for their own self-interest. As for the progressive achievements, they have all happened strictly in the area of personal sexual autonomy. There is a … Continue reading “Individuals #4”

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Individuals #3

The theory I’m talking about is, of course, liberalism. It can take all kinds of forms. There is neoliberalism which concentrates on the economic freedom that individuals supposedly will deeply benefit from when supposedly left to interact freely with supposedly free markets. It never quite works out this way but in theory it should. Practitioners … Continue reading “Individuals #3”

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Individuals #2

The fashioning of the individual consciousness that perceives itself as unique and separate from others, from nature, and from any pre-existing order is the great project of modernity. For that project, the word “freedom” is key. The alienation of the individual from everything and everything is posited as liberation. Now that individuals are no longer … Continue reading “Individuals #2”

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Book Notes: Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed

The only thing in Deneen’s book I disagree with is his prediction that the soaring inequality of (neo) liberal societies will bring some sort of a revolt that will take the form of a populist dictatorship or something of the kind. As long as there are screens and UBI (that, once again, already exists under … Continue reading “Book Notes: Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed”

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