Þe Discontents with Liberalism: A Check-in, &

BRIEFLY NOTED: For 2022-05-18 We: Fukuyama: "Successful liberal societies have their own culture and understanding of the good life, even if that vision may be thinner....  Actual, real existing liberal societies have been built on top of non-liberal foundations…. That creates a tension… sometimes those cultural foundations are exclusionary…. Enough of a culture that people… are in a common endeavor…. But… that… shared core has to be tolerant and accessible..." Now I had always thought we had that in America: That our dominant culture was that we were all Pilgrims, or descended from Pilgrims—that we were, at our core, a people that had come to this land from many different places on a journey in search of opportunity and freedom to make a free, prosperous country of ample and open opportunity that would serve the world as a City Upon a Hill. Thus we should work diligently, so that, in the words of my ancestor John Winthrop: “We shall find that the God of Israel is among us… [and] he shall make us a praise and glory, that men shall say of succeeding plantations: the Lord make it like that of New England…” And we should especially: follow the Counsel of Micah, to do Justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God…. We must be knit together in this work as one man, we must entertain each other in brotherly Affection, we must be willing to abridge our selves of our superfluities, for the supply of others necessities, we must uphold a familiar Commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality, we must delight in eache other, make others Conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labour, and suffer together, always having before our eyes our Commission and Community in the work…" Thus we are all children of the Pilgrims—some by birth, and others by election and adoption. And that is (or ought to be) true no matter which particular group of Pilgrims come to this land you are referencing at the moment. Now, today, Fox News and the Republican Party and the algorithms of the clickbait-seeking social media companies appear to have convinced a quarter of the population that that is not in fact who we are. And we have to get that back. And it will be hard...

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