This is a great summary of politics in the world right now, from someone I highly respect. I come from a different perspective, but I find myself mostly agreeing with this voice from the political wilderness. I find it hard to even disagree with him about liberalism, my default position. All of his criticisms seem fair to me.
Lately, I must admit I have felt fairly politically homeless: moving in a way what most people would define as “right-ward” in the sense that my view of history is one is of trade-offs and tragedy. I will be the first to admit that materially and in terms of peace things have gotten more stable in the 20th century, but in terms of outbursts of violence–when instability arrives, the technology that keeps us safe chews cities to bits. Steven Pinker is only right if take the long view and then if you avoid black swan developments: One mistake and the same mechanism that have decreased violence while increase it dramatically.
I am deeply a-liberal in the sense that I think that Aristotle was right about about democracy and liberality, in the larger polis such Republicanism becomes impossible, but the larger polis is almost inevitable. The shift to the nation-state and…
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