If this work had appeared two or three years ago, it still would have been of great significance, but coming as it does in the wake of Brexit, Trump, and other shocks to the liberal consensus, its relevance is further enhanced. Elite opinion continues to hold that liberalism in the above-noted political theory sense is not only succeeding marvelously but is really the only political system even worthy of consideration or respect. Consider the enthusiasm for U. But, as we shall see, he has very good reasons for his conclusion.
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Deneen notes that liberalism is one of the three great ideologies to dominate modern politics, along with communism and fascism. It ingratiates by invitation to the easy liberties, diversions, and attractions of freedom, pleasure, and wealth. The two liberal parties in America compete by pointing to two seemingly opposed but factually reinforcing trends. The right-liberal Republicans warn against the dominance of society by the state, while the left-liberal Democrats point to the tyranny of the market as the greatest threat to human freedom.
Thus each party inspires its partisan members by fear of the threat the other party represents. But despite appearances, both parties, in fact, jointly work to expand both the state and the market. Those activities are fine things, but they are being carried out at an unsustainable pace. And another is that, taken literally, it sometimes gives the wrong answer…. But going for Rawls and social justice doesn't deal with these problems, and Friedman roundly and I think with some justification mocks Rawlsian pretentions that its demands for social justice or rooted moral philosophy is actually rigorously proven in any sense any disagree-er need respect.
To me, this is a pretty consistent problem with most moral philosophy, even the kind I agree with, which is why I never get why smarty-pants think they've proven that Ayn Rand is an idiot because she didn't produce a rigorously proven moral philosophy that is clearly objectively true and that all people with eyes and reason must agree with.
And you have, buddy? Friedman wraps up making the case for a sort-of but not-entirely utilitarian libertarianism, or at least one. One reason to respect natural rights is that it is a good thing to do, another is that respecting them can be expected to produce a healthier, wealthier, and happier world than violating them.
The last contribution is from liberarian youth activist leader Alexander McCobin of Students for Liberty, who says " Let's Reject the Libertarian Purity Test ," in which he accuses Zwolinski and Tomasi of playing a "who is more libertarian? But I think the larger bleeding-heart libertarian project is doing exactly what McCobin suggests they are not toward the end of his essay, once you fight through the intellectual history:.
I think that is what Zwolinski, Tomasi, and their fellow bleeding heart libertarians are indeed trying to do; while I agree that hooking such arguments to what can sound like name-calling about "this one guy wasn't savvy enough to realize what this guy did" isn't very useful , if you are a policy change guy, it's interesting intellectual history, and indeed a whole lot of this debate did reel around what exactly did Locke, Smith, Mises, Rothbard or Rand really think or mean, perhaps not super productive toward the direct solution of any particular philosophical or policy problem, but fun, maybe, for people who find that sort of thing fun.
I clearly do, as author of Radicals for Capitalism. McCobin hints at something that I know a lot of people think about the bleeding-heart libertarian project: that it's a way for intellectuals who feel a need to get along with liberals and progressives to not feel the stink of the conservative or right-wing around them as they make their libertarian arguments. McCobin spells it out in a way that is criticizing bleeding-heart libertarianism's critics, not the bleeding-heart libertarians themselves.
Yet many attacks on BHL are not motivated by serious philosophical scholarship, but by an antiquated theory of social change that required libertarians to associate with conservatives to defeat the threat of communism. The suggestion that libertarianism can be grounded in philosophical justifications or policy prescriptions more aligned with the left than the right is frightening to those who have grown accustomed to a particular way of viewing the world for nearly half a century.
Todd Seavey had what I think was the most interesting, if completely uncollegial, reaction to Zwolinski and Tomasi , taking on the entire project and linking it back to the far more political and less philosophical mini-rage for " liberaltarianism " back in the last Bush era. Roughly, I'd say that was more about finding allies on the left side of the aisle in politics and policy advocacy; Zwolinski and Tomasi more about finding them in academic philosophy and political science. Some high points from Seavey's often motive-questioning invective, much of which I have to admit is making an interesting point even if I'm not sure I agree entirely.
A lot of it cuts right to the assumption that this whole project and while he started off talking about this Cato Unbound colloquium, he veers off into more jousting against liberaltarianism as I define it above vs. They weren't just claiming that we might find some friends on the left but to take claims made by different ones at different times that the Catholic Church is one of the chief threats to freedom, that the Tea Party is the GOP taking a turn for the worse, that the Republicans but not Democrats are "the party of torture," etc.
All to some extent true, but not by any standard that leaves the Democrats looking good in comparison, I'd say…. In any case, I'll stop burning your bridges if you promise not to burn mine, which took some time to build…. There's more to life than crass strategizing, but I have to wince if it starts to look as if the strategy of some of my fellow libertarians is or recently was : 1 avoid amassing the money of the Kochs, 2 avoid gaining the broad appeal of the Tea Party, 3 don't mimic the intensity of religion, 4 don't seek the big book sales of Ayn Rand, and 5 eschew the electoral engagement of Ron Paul's followers, followed by 6 be so beloved by the left that victory ensues.
I'm guessing that Zwolinski and Tomasi would say the above isn't quite on point for the bleeding-heart libertarianism program, but then I remember Zwolinski publicly praising the Institute for Humane Studies as a clearly superior form of liberty promotion than Ron Paul's campaign, which I objected to. Seavey does than get to the meat of the matter: social justice, property, open-minded, closed-minded, libertarian, classical liberal, what did Locke mean? I kind of like Rawls myself, but his is a rather complex system by most people's ethical standards, and no small thing to slip into another already-existing philosophy, especially not if that other philosophy may already have ways, as Friedman suggests, of coping with the same question more concretely: I can worry about the poor in purely utilitarian terms without having to invoke Rawls' "veils of ignorance" and what seem to me dangerously vague intuitions about fairness and inequality.
But here's the crucial thing — and the reason we shouldn't just cede the movement to the liberal-tarians. Finally, the tree of liberty must be planted not in the unyielding container of conservatism and thus stunted as bonsai, but rather in the unconfined soil of liberalism and thus allowed to become a great tree, with branches reaching for the even greater sky. Thanks again;. It is more just a healthy fear of special interests and a respect for individual liberty than any sort of aversion to the common welfare. Also, on the semantics about classical liberal. So I want to make sure that is noted.
The page could have just as easily been called that. So really, on that part, perhaps it is just somewhat a matter of semantics. I would have to argue that many of them held conservative values such as Thomas Jefferson or James Madison, the author of the Deceleration of Independence and of the bill of rights.
Yes, some founders were what today we think of as conservative, but America and the founders were liberal what we think of as conservative in the west is generally liberal-conservative like Burke; not pro-monarchy classically conservative like Hobbes. From a simple frame, the federalists were classically conservative and socially liberal, all the anti-federalists were classically liberal and socially conservative. From a more complex frame each party had aspects of the four.
The point here is that America is a liberal nation founded on the principles of liberalism rejecting monarchies and embracing democracy.
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The Federalists, like Hamilton, wanted a more aristocratic democratic Republic and those like Jefferson wanted a more liberal democratic Republic. We must remember what we are defending here and what our founding fathers stood for. We are right-wing conservative liberals and we are left-wing social liberals, and we are centered liberals, and economic liberals, and classical liberals, etc.
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We are liberals in the way the Constitution and Bill of Rights are liberal documents. Those activities are fine things, but they are being carried out at an unsustainable pace. In identifying the false anthropology at the heart of the liberal venture, Deneen cites Hobbes as a pioneer of this mistaken view. Human beings are thus, by nature, nonrelational creatures, separate and autonomous.
Anyone of a religious bent would surely object to the idea that humans only get along with each other because they realize output will be higher if they do so. But one need not be religious to see that Mises is spouting nonsense: humans and proto-humans lived together in tight-knit social groups long before they could have been calculating the advantages of the division of labor.
Isolated humans were dead humans, not self-sufficient humans. And our chimpanzee, bonobo, and gorilla relatives also live in tight-knit social groups, as do many other animals. We must build upon those achievements while abandoning the foundational reasons for its failures. There can be no going back, only forward. I wrote that, while for several centuries Romans simply respected and followed the mos maiorum the way of the ancestors , when their traditions began to break down there arose a brand new traditionalist ideology.
This is an error that has snared too many modern conservatives. They wish to return to the s, or the s, or the s, or the s, or whatever other period they admire. Such a return, as Deneen clearly recognizes, is impossible. We can try to preserve the best aspects of earlier times, but we cannot ever recreate them.
Deneen, it is true, acknowledges the lessons of the past and recognizes that not all wisdom is contained in the latest trendy soundbite from some esteemed pundit.
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