2017-10-12 11:49:33 UTC
by twisting and turning...
"Post-liberalism, like the promised land of a post-racial politics,
does not seek to refight old battles but to move on from victories
won. Its concern is not to repeal equality laws, or reject the market
economy, but rather to consider where the social glue comes from in a
fragmented society. To that end, it acknowledges authority and the
sacred as well as suffering and injustice. It recognises the virtues
of particular loyaltiesincluding nationsrather than viewing them as
prejudices. And it seeks to apply these ideas to the economic as well
as the social sphere.
Much of this goes against the grain of an increasingly WEIRD and
legalistic politics in Britain. The problem for the left has not so
much been rights without responsibilities as rights without the
relationships that help sustain them. If we are to be entangled in one
anothers lives, for example as funders or recipients of social
security, it helps to identify ourselves as part of a group. Meanwhile
the right remains attached to its own form of abstract universalism,
more concerned with the procedures of the market than what kind of
society they have helped create. Some of the notions of loyalty,
civility and respect that conservatives are so comfortable with in
politics need to be reintroduced into the economic sphere."
weird = western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic