Mom is heroically holding back tears. I think she just wants to go tell Dad the good news that the stress of the house is over. This has consumed their lives for months, but now that it is done and Dad is in the ICU, it seems so small.
…ess enlargement of the marketplace, is what makes epistemic clustering possible in the first place. Given the freedom that capitalism allows, large swathes of society will seek out goods and services that don’t sharpen their thinking or enhance their knowledge. This is fine, of course, since it is one of the unfortunate but necessary impositions that a commitment to freedom requires. But its effect is that it sinks the age-old dream of an informed and intellectually elevated electorate.
Phoebe Maltz Bovy, herself a leftist, noted in her 2017 book, The Perils of Privilege, that it’s virtually impossible today to discuss art and entertainment in the liberal press without framing it in terms of racial and sexual politics. Likewise, the recent leftward shift of the already left-leaning academy is not really in dispute.
… these criticisms are basically right, but I’d like to take this analysis in a different direction. I want to probe whether Weiss and her subjects run afoul of the Paradox, which in its simplest form is the idea that some views cannot be accepted in a tolerant society, lest those views take hold and destroy the tolerance of that society.
ciety is organized around the id…ato’s Republic to religious totalitarianism to Marxism) as the base of a totalitarian witch’s brew. If a society is organized around the ideology that there is a clear and decisive movement of history, dissenting views will be suppressed and ideological minorities oppressed in pursuit of that conclusion.