Monday, July 19, 2021

the defeat of liberalism

Liberalism is now the world’s dominant ideology and is now entering its triumphalist phase. But has liberalism really triumphed?

If you define liberalism as an ideology based on freedom and autonomy I’d argue that liberalism has suffered almost complete defeat.

Society in the Anglophone world is now more oppressively conformist than at any time since the Middle Ages.

Political freedom is largely an illusion. The ideological differences between the major political parties are mostly differences of detail.

Freedom of speech is now just a memory.

Women now have the freedom to do whatever the feminists think they should do.

We have sexual freedom. Sort of. In reality sexual freedom is confined within rigidly defined channels, policed by feminists and the LGBTetc lobby. Certain disgusting sexual practices, such as flirting, are now effectively prohibited. Men do however have the freedom to wear frocks.

Art, literature and movies are frighteningly conformist. You’re allowed to be subversive as long as you’re subverting Christianity or heterosexuality. If you want to subvert anything else, forget it.

We have the right to protest, as long as we’re protesting against the right things.

Just remember that Conformity is Freedom and you'll be OK.

4 comments:

  1. The definition of liberalism is an interesting question.

    If you define liberalism as an ideology based on freedom and autonomy I’d argue that liberalism has suffered almost complete defeat.

    Webster finds the word to have entered English from the French in the XIV century. From the Latin liberalis, "suitable for a freeman," the word seems to have entertained various evolutions until settling on the definition probably relevant here: "broad-minded; especially, not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy or traditional forms."

    I can think of several remarks in various directions to take from the last point, but will await your reply to see which direction is of interest before commenting further.

    Turning to another matter, I have lacked time to follow blogs other than yours during recent weeks (in fact, I hadn't even checked in here since two weeks ago). May I ask: what is happening to Audacious Epigone's old commenting crew? Is there any chance of drawing them over here? It seems to me that this would be a good place for them to recongregate, at your and their discretion.

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    1. May I ask: what is happening to Audacious Epigone's old commenting crew? Is there any chance of drawing them over here? It seems to me that this would be a good place for them to recongregate, at your and their discretion.

      They seem to have pretty much faded away unfortunately. I tried to keep the open thread going but it's sputtered to a standstill.

      It's very difficult to keep even an informal online community going if a change of venue is required. It's rather sad.

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    2. Well, to the extent to which you are motivated to post, I can think of nowhere I'd rather comment than here; and I believe that you have a few other sporadic commenters already engaged. At your discretion, let us see whether the blog cannot spin up a sufficiently interesting, robust commentariat.

      I should be able to add one comment or so most weeks if helpful, for intelligent, amenable online conversation is valuable and hard to find. One would prefer not to let this one die.

      An American, I do not pretend to the faintest notion of what passes in Australia, except to the extent that the cultural rot there emulates, parallels or prefigures the cultural rot in the United States in at least a few respects. What I have learned however is that you are a keen observer with a fair eye and a talent for getting to the heart of the matter without letting yourself be distracted by overly wishful thinking or fanciful notions. You've got something to contribute. I hope that you will keep contributing it. If so, then why not here in this very blog?

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  2. Society in the Anglophone world is now more oppressively conformist than at any time since the Middle Ages.

    Political freedom is largely an illusion. The ideological differences between the major political parties are mostly differences of detail.

    Freedom of speech is now just a memory.

    Women now have the freedom to do whatever the feminists think they should do.

    We have sexual freedom. Sort of. In reality sexual freedom is confined within rigidly defined channels, policed by feminists and the LGBTetc lobby. Certain disgusting sexual practices, such as flirting, are now effectively prohibited. Men do however have the freedom to wear frocks.

    Art, literature and movies are frighteningly conformist. You’re allowed to be subversive as long as you’re subverting Christianity or heterosexuality. If you want to subvert anything else, forget it.

    We have the right to protest, as long as we’re protesting against the right things.


    Very true and well put.

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