September 9, 2019

"The Anti-Liberal Moment"

That is the name of a new article on Vox by Zach Beauchamp. There is much here to admire. Most importantly, in my opinion, is the distinction between liberalism and leftism. There is far too much conflation of those distinct philosophies.

The author also believes that liberalism is the best form of human social organization, and should be preserved and defended, with which I also agree. It is a long piece, well written and generally accurate. I post it here to promote its circulation, evaluation, and ultimately the promulgation of more and better defenses of liberalism.

My blog brother will want to read closely the critique of Steven Pinker. For myself, the greatest error is in assigning "democracy" and "equality" as core principles of liberalism:

Of these components, at least four political principles are common to the various species of liberalism (all of which relate to its core moral premise about freedom). They are familiar to most citizens in liberal regimes: democracy, the rule of law, individual rights, and equality.

These ideas - the minimalist core of liberalism - are so foundational to political life in advanced democracies that they're simply taken for granted, with debates about public policy taking place inside liberalism's parameters.

Not mentioned is how the tyranny of the majority or redistribution of wealth are inherently coercive, and illiberal, in the supposed name of freedom. But by all means, read it.

Philosophy Posted by JohnGalt at September 9, 2019 2:59 PM
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