Category Archives: Belief

A Game of Consequences…

Right wingers think they are too nice and so the left always wins. Left wingers think they are too nice and so the right always wins. In part this is due to our belief that the ingroup is pure and … Continue reading

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Revolutionaries and Reactionaries…

Each committed liberal and each committed socialist should be at least something of a revolutionary. Mannered as such good people might be in their reformism, so extensive are the coercive restraints and traditional norms or hierarchical systems of power and … Continue reading

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On the Perils of Being an Intellectual Outlaw…

I still like Christopher Hitchens. No, really, I do, and I say that despite disagreeing with almost all of his opinions: the one-size-fits-all liberal internationalism; the reckless interventionism; the dogmatic atheism and the socialist nostalgia. I say that despite disliking … Continue reading

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Captive Minds…

How do intelligent men learn to love stupidity? How do artists come to appreciate barbarism? These questions troubled Czesław Miłosz as he wrote The Captive Mind. A Polish poet, in exile for his dissident stance, he wanted to explore the … Continue reading

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Utopian Cynicism…

Utopians might be characterised as men and women of an essentially optimistic nature. It can be so. Yet in some people the desire for paradise emerges from a great annoyance and even hatred towards the imperfect nature of the present. … Continue reading

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Varieties of Narcissism…

Self-hatred is not humility; it is, in fact, a cousin of self-love as both are descended from self-obsession. Rather than being exceptionally great one is exceptionally bad. Neither assertion, in most cases, is a true one. This has political as … Continue reading

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On “Seeing Through”…

Imagine two people so benighted as to think that a window was a painting. If another person realised that the objects it displayed were not created out of paint they would be smart enough to have “seen through” this delusion, … Continue reading

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