Monday, May 22, 2017

Blog Cuttings #6

John Milbank on how populism is essentially the rejection of liberalism:
And here one has to say that the vox populi may intuitively grasp the obvious, even though it has mostly eluded the educated. And this is that the conflict now between an economically liberal right and a culturally liberal left is in many ways a sham. For it is not an accident that the right have been winning the economic war and the left the cultural one. 
In deep reality it is liberalism - the cult of the unrelated, freely-choosing individual - that has been winning both wars in a cunning two-pronged assault of conscious enemies who are secret allies. This triumph involves above all the notion that that there is no common shared sense of the human good; the good is just whatever we happen diversely to prefer. But now the massed expression of a common view about, at least, a local good life is interrupting all this.
It's not the next Hitler we should fear, but the next Caesar.

Or as RR Reno puts it, we are witnessing the return of the strong gods, even as our elites double down on the post-war strategy of disenchantment.

Meanwhile Ben Hunt thinks the West's major political parties are going through a secular bear market (sell you shares now?). Which is one reason why political entrepreneurs are disrupting what are the equivalent of old style media companies: you just need a spare billion or two (or rich backers) to succeed. It's the politics (and economics) of Westworld.

Remind me how that ended?

1 comment:

  1. So we are to fear the next Caesar? The one who has his ducks lined up 2 years (or more), ready for a leadership challenge when the opportunity arises? Hmm rings a bell.


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