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posted on 2022-05-29

concentric rings of illiberalism

i feel like liberalism is not just a political system but a general mode of thought and collection of background assumptions; which entails that it takes an outside system to properly study that system including its assumptions.

one stuck in the liberal mode of thought is limited; outside of it are both socialistic and conservativistic concerns about what sort of unexpected issues emerge from liberalism, such as systemic concentration of wealth or cultural value drift. the outermost proper circles of illiberalism i know of include james c. scott's against the grain and seeing like a state as well as kaczynsi's industrial society and its future, where the very fundamentals of industrialism and sedentary states are questioned.

posted on 2022-05-29


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