A socially conservative friend pointed out the following: “Libertarians rise to power against liberalism, because, ultimately, they share the same antipathy toward founding one’s social conventions and morality in the word of God, and the Church. They will turn upon each other to our benefit.”
I’m not sure who he meant by “our,” and I mean this genuinely.
I thought about it: Reason magazine is fiscally conservative, railing against the public sector unions in California and the fiscal hole they’ve helped put California in, yet the very same socially liberal and politically left conditions in California that can make unions possible and certainly more powerful are also shared by Reason. Most religious people I know are not necessarily pro-legalized marijuana and pro-pornography.
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We did agree that this is the height of absurdity: Walt Whitman is worth reading for many reasons if you’re reading poetry, but not necessarily because he’s gay, and less so because gay groups have holed-up at Harvard, and have mixed their political goals and identity-group status with good poetry. But we’ve taken many decades to arrive at this point.
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I advised him that the case to disassociate the law from religious morality in California has been a long time coming as well, and that Martha Nussbaum has been making that case for some time: From The Reason Archives: ‘Discussing Disgust’ Julian Sanchez Interviews Martha Nussbaum. She’s not exactly pro-religion, but she’s very deep.
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Harry Jaffa At The Claremont Institute: ‘Leo Strauss, the Bible, and Political Philosophy’…Via An Emailer: Some Criticism Of Leo Strauss?
Can Kant do all that heavy lifting…what are some of the dangers of Enlightenment project?: From Bryan Magee’s Talking Philosophy On Youtube: Geoffrey Warnock On Kant…A Few Thoughts On Isaiah Berlin’s “Two Concepts Of Liberty” …