How Political Correctness Failed Liberalism
umair haque

The greatest evidence for your insights, Umair, might be the production of Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Indeed, I would like to see your take on what Picketty’s book means, or what it should mean for us. But here’s what I think it means: in fifty years of cultural critique, what has it really done but further entrench the oligarchic forces that have been with us since the industrial revolution?

We might say that we have more formal freedom today (freedom to be gay, freedom to resist marriage, freedom to reject religion), but less structural freedom (freedom to escape the constant injunction to produce, freedom to say the sorts of things we want without professional consequences, freedom to exist without bureaucratic oversight). Maybe this is because those structural freedoms are most dangerous to the political economy of out rimes, while those other formal freedoms are not.

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