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    A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    I recently heard an interview with the author, Adam Gopnik regarding his new book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, and am currently about 1/10th of the way through reading it (that's just the introduction). It is an easy read (249 pages), and conceptually, encapsulates my philosophical viewpoint. Reviews can be had here, here, here and here.

    I find it refreshing to have a voice that accurately describes the real tradition and roots of "Democratic Liberalism" rather than the caricatures prevalent from those on the left and right of the political spectrum (see that last review). Democratic liberalism is neither "neoliberal" nor "socialist" in outlook or history. He roots the genesis of democratic liberalism in John Stuart Mill and his seminal book, On Liberty. In particular, he discusses at length the inherent tension between authority and liberty (really, the basis of our Constitution).

    In any event, I'd like to get considered views of those who have either read it, or heard about it, and the premises upon which it is based.

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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    "Liberalism is as distinct a tradition as exists in political history, but it suffers from being a practice before it is an ideology, a temperament and a tone and a way of managing the world more than a fixed set of beliefs."
    Mission: "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." ACLU. Why isn't every American a member?

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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by NWRatCon View Post
    "Liberalism is as distinct a tradition as exists in political history, but it suffers from being a practice before it is an ideology, a temperament and a tone and a way of managing the world more than a fixed set of beliefs."
    "Let it all hang out. If it feels good, do it in the street."



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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    "Let it all hang out. If it feels good, do it in the street."


    That sounds like a very bad straw man.
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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMOSS View Post
    That sounds like a very bad straw man.
    It's an old traditional conservative assessment of modern liberalism. I think I saw it on All in the Family.

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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by NWRatCon View Post
    I recently heard an interview with the author, Adam Gopnik regarding his new book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, and am currently about 1/10th of the way through reading it (that's just the introduction). It is an easy read (249 pages), and conceptually, encapsulates my philosophical viewpoint. Reviews can be had here, here, here and here.

    I find it refreshing to have a voice that accurately describes the real tradition and roots of "Democratic Liberalism" rather than the caricatures prevalent from those on the left and right of the political spectrum (see that last review). Democratic liberalism is neither "neoliberal" nor "socialist" in outlook or history. He roots the genesis of democratic liberalism in John Stuart Mill and his seminal book, On Liberty. In particular, he discusses at length the inherent tension between authority and liberty (really, the basis of our Constitution).

    In any event, I'd like to get considered views of those who have either read it, or heard about it, and the premises upon which it is based.
    The author has been in psychological treatment. Has spent time drawing nudes in his leisure. He has questioned the values of his own society. Has lived a charmed life here and abroad.

    I do not think his brand of liberalism can be very accommodating towards Christian morals and values.

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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    "Let it all hang out. If it feels good, do it in the street."


    So, so accurate!
    Mission: "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." ACLU. Why isn't every American a member?

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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by marke View Post
    The author has been in psychological treatment. Has spent time drawing nudes in his leisure. He has questioned the values of his own society. Has lived a charmed life here and abroad.

    I do not think his brand of liberalism can be very accommodating towards Christian morals and values.
    And there you would be absolutely wrong, my friend. He discusses that very point. Why is it so important that you engage in ad hominem attacks rather than discussing ideas? (Maybe because you have none of your own?) It is more than obvious you haven't read a sentence of any of the book, so you are hardly qualified to comment.
    Last edited by NWRatCon; 07-14-19 at 12:23 AM.
    Mission: "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." ACLU. Why isn't every American a member?

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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by NWRatCon View Post
    I recently heard an interview with the author, Adam Gopnik regarding his new book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, and am currently about 1/10th of the way through reading it (that's just the introduction). It is an easy read (249 pages), and conceptually, encapsulates my philosophical viewpoint. Reviews can be had here, here, here and here.

    I find it refreshing to have a voice that accurately describes the real tradition and roots of "Democratic Liberalism" rather than the caricatures prevalent from those on the left and right of the political spectrum (see that last review). Democratic liberalism is neither "neoliberal" nor "socialist" in outlook or history. He roots the genesis of democratic liberalism in John Stuart Mill and his seminal book, On Liberty. In particular, he discusses at length the inherent tension between authority and liberty (really, the basis of our Constitution).

    In any event, I'd like to get considered views of those who have either read it, or heard about it, and the premises upon which it is based.
    Well you will have to wait till I get my copy in the mail as you're the first one to let me know about it.
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    Re: A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    "Let it all hang out. If it feels good, do it in the street."


    That's only the tiniest hipster aspects of liberalism.
    And by the way, I don't mean the man-bun wearing lumberjack affectating pseudo "hipsters" of today.
    I mean their grandfathers...the Beatniks and Soul Brothers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Paradoxical View Post
    Putin would make a better president than Hillary.
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    It IS NOT the job of the United States government to protect reporters overseas. It IS the job the United States government to preserve the freedom of the press here in the US.

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