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The J. Burden Show β€’ 738 implied HN points β€’ 26 Apr 24
  1. Liberalism aimed to depoliticize society but failed as politics is inherent to human nature and essential for societal order.
  2. Liberalism's attempt to distribute power widely actually increased the power of the state and led to bloodier conflicts.
  3. A well-functioning society needs a level of internal politics, but striving for a society with external politics, where enemies are outside of society, might lead to greater societal harmony.
The Liberal Patriot β€’ 1945 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. History provides lessons for today's political challenges, such as the impact of the New Left on Democrats in the past.
  2. There are similarities between the New Left of the 1960s and the new-New Left today, raising concerns for the anti-Trump coalition.
  3. Mainstream Democrats need to navigate ideological battles and focus on building a new Vital Center to preserve democracy and the American mission.
Persuasion β€’ 2731 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. Conservatism has two main competing ideologies: Fusionism and National Conservatism.
  2. National Conservatives risk bureaucratic tyranny and extremism, while Fusionists have economic successes but cause societal divisions.
  3. Humanist Conservatism offers a moderate, inclusive, and community-focused alternative to the existing conservative schools.
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White Hot Harlots β€’ 239 implied HN points β€’ 22 Apr 24
  1. NPR has shifted towards being more aligned with the Democratic party rather than being more traditionally liberal in its coverage.
  2. Commercial networks may avoid certain topics due to financial interests, whereas NPR's funding model allows it to cover a wider range of issues without worrying about ratings.
  3. The dynamics and messaging within the Democratic party have changed, leading to NPR reflecting this shift by emphasizing identity issues and being less critical of establishment Democrats.
Global Inequality and More 3.0 β€’ 1125 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. Democracy's real advantage is the freedom to access diverse information and express personal views.
  2. Polarization and disagreement in democracy are better than enforced unanimity.
  3. The freedom to think and say what we want is perhaps the only true advantage of democracy.
White Hot Harlots β€’ 219 implied HN points β€’ 16 Apr 24
  1. The article discusses how incoherent paranoia is not exclusive to conservatives, and how left-wing ideologies have also been associated with similar beliefs in the past.
  2. The text explores the evolving perceptions of masculinity and how cultural shifts have impacted ideologies over time.
  3. It highlights the universal trend of increasing distrust in established systems of power among conservatives and liberals, leading to a loss of faith in electoral politics and expert narratives.
Fisted by Foucault β€’ 393 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 24
  1. Saint Alexei, a figure representing liberal democracy, faced challenges in his past but ultimately embraced the principles and mission of liberal democracy, symbolizing a transformation and dedication to the cause.
  2. The narrative highlights the conflict between Saint Alexei and Russian leaders, shedding light on the struggle for liberal democracy in a political environment filled with corruption and oppression.
  3. The portrayal of Saint Alexei as a hero and martyr underscores the importance of his mission to bring liberal democracy to Russia and the sacrifices made by individuals in this pursuit.
Silver Bulletin β€’ 779 implied HN points β€’ 02 Nov 23
  1. Free speech is facing challenges, especially among young liberals who show low tolerance for controversial speech.
  2. College students have varying levels of tolerance for controversial speakers, with notable differences between conservative and liberal viewpoints.
  3. The decline in support for free speech is not limited to elite universities, indicating a broader generational shift.
Hypertext β€’ 159 implied HN points β€’ 29 Feb 24
  1. Gerald Gaus emphasized the importance of optimism and confidence in defending liberalism, even in challenging times with populist threats.
  2. Gaus's philosophy focused on bottom-up moral reasoning and the idea that a diverse society can find common ground through emergent order.
  3. He advocated for extensive individual freedom as essential for the survival of an open society, and highlighted the significance of incrementalism and learning-based governance in policymaking.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle β€’ 191 implied HN points β€’ 19 Feb 24
  1. Liberalism, socialism/communism, and right-nationalism have overlapping elements but differ in their ideologies and approaches.
  2. Authoritarianism is a complex concept that can be found in varying degrees across different political ideologies.
  3. Current political shifts in Germany towards illiberalism are driven by the left-liberal government's desire to maintain power, but labeling them as fascists might not be accurate.
Fake NoΓ»s β€’ 359 implied HN points β€’ 23 Dec 23
  1. The world is experiencing a decline in fertility rates, particularly in more prosperous nations.
  2. Liberalism, with its focus on individual freedom and prosperity, may contribute to the decline in fertility due to factors like career options and personal pursuits.
  3. Possible solutions to the fertility problem include promoting the idea that having children is valuable, advancing technology like artificial wombs, and providing incentives for people to have more children.
Bet On It β€’ 100 implied HN points β€’ 06 Mar 24
  1. In prosperous nations, education is anti-natal while income is associated with higher fertility.
  2. There is confidence that low fertility rates will not last long due to heritability and natural selection.
  3. Modern liberal societies provide easier parenting options, but individuals may still see children as a greater responsibility.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle β€’ 164 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Mass migration due to lack of sensible border security measures
  2. Obsession with reducing industrial emissions impacts civilization
  3. Political elites prioritize global concerns over national interests
The Path Not Taken β€’ 462 implied HN points β€’ 31 Oct 23
  1. The Battle of Ideas festival had some limitations in representing a diverse range of viewpoints.
  2. There is a tension within the heterodox movement between promoting freedom of speech and the values of its supporters.
  3. The heterodox movement plays a crucial role in providing spaces for those marginalized by mainstream perspectives.
Restoring Truth β€’ 117 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. Theological liberalism distorts the true message of Christianity by replacing biblical truth with inclusivity and social justice.
  2. J. Gresham Machen's book, 'Christianity and Liberalism,' from 100 years ago still resonates today in its timeless critique of theological decay.
  3. It's crucial for believers to hold fast to sound theology and not be swayed by trendy or compromised interpretations of the Christian faith.
Hypertext β€’ 59 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. Liberal democracies have faced challenges in recent years due to the rise of ideologies hostile to the liberal order, resulting in increased doubt among defenders of liberal democracy
  2. In his final work, Gerald Gaus argued that open societies can address challenges through a liberal framework and highlighted the importance of public justification for moral justification in a diverse society
  3. Gaus proposed that open societies, despite facing complexity and governance issues, can succeed through bottom-up moral reasoning, local-level social contracts, and reliance on markets and democracy for collective self-governance
Hold That Thought by Sarah Haider β€’ 687 implied HN points β€’ 29 May 23
  1. Wokeism relies on tactics like cancel culture and language obscurity to shut down rational debate.
  2. Wokeism lacks a clear ideology but seeks power through destruction, making it dangerous.
  3. Liberalism's values may be good, but they can feel counterintuitive, making them vulnerable to abandonment, especially in the face of authoritarian challenges.
Hypertext β€’ 139 implied HN points β€’ 20 Nov 23
  1. Hypertext journal is a new platform from the Niskanen Center focused on liberalism, political economy, and policy.
  2. They aim to engage in thoughtful dialogue through essays to bring people together and restore the original promise of hypertext.
  3. The Niskanen Center works to bridge the gap between traditional left and right ideas by injecting fresh perspectives into public discourse.
Reactionary Feminist β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 24
  1. Valuable loyalty in difficult times can exist in unexpected places, challenging the idea of easy separations
  2. Real-life stories of relationship challenges can be rare and challenging to share publicly
  3. Acknowledging and celebrating loyalty and perseverance in relationships is essential, even if the circumstances seem unconventional
The Path Not Taken β€’ 374 implied HN points β€’ 09 Apr 23
  1. Matt Goodwin argues about a new elite in Britain conflicting with working classes' values and interests.
  2. The book suffers from vague definitions, failing to engage with key debates and lacking focus.
  3. There's a need for deeper analysis of socio-cultural professionals and progressive ideology to present a more balanced view.
Banana Peel Pirouette β€’ 158 implied HN points β€’ 29 Aug 23
  1. The GOP platform shows a contradiction between social conservatism and economic conservatism.
  2. Under a capitalist system, traditional values are challenged by the free market's constant evolution.
  3. The emergence of new social dynamics, such as the decline in church attendance and changing family structures, can be attributed to the effects of capitalism.
The Upheaval β€’ 261 implied HN points β€’ 30 May 23
  1. The Gulf States are rapidly changing due to economic boom, attracting global wealth and talents, leading to potential reshaping of global liberalism.
  2. Central banks are pushing forward with the development of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) despite concerns over totalitarian state surveillance and control.
  3. Global trends suggest a shift towards stable authoritarian regimes with liberal elements, possibly leading to a new form of governance different from the West or China.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle β€’ 245 implied HN points β€’ 11 Jun 23
  1. Western liberal tradition aims to limit state power and believes in the sovereignty of the people, but this approach has faced challenges with the evolution of unchecked authoritative regimes.
  2. Liberal checks on state power have led to the development of legal and cultural strategies to bypass limitations, making the state a more dangerous entity.
  3. The concept of rights in liberal systems has been manipulated to expand state power by emphasizing positive over negative rights, leading to the creation of novel rights that can restrict traditional freedoms.
What Is Called Thinking? β€’ 189 implied HN points β€’ 03 May 23
  1. Negative capability, the ability to entertain doubt and uncertainty, is a virtue crucial for understanding and self-improvement.
  2. Liberal arts decline is linked to the unfashionability of liberalism, impacting the promotion of open-mindedness and critical thinking.
  3. True thinking and poetizing require clandestine nurturing, not easily measured by traditional standards, acknowledging the elusive nature of cultivating deeper intellectual virtues.
Symposium β€’ 137 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 23
  1. The Symposium Foundation for the Study of Liberalism has been created to support intellectual defense of a free society.
  2. Current threats to liberalism come from corruption in established institutions on both the left and the right.
  3. New explicitly liberal institutions are needed to rebuild the case for a free society and bridge ideological divides.