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From the archives: ‘Toward a postdarwinian liberalism’

October 25th, 2010 · No Comments

In discussing the essay by Chris Hedges at Truthdig the phrase ‘toward a postdarwinian liberalism’ came up: this was actually an essay/webpage from several years ago, still on the server at the history & evolution site: It would seem that the kneejerk embrace of Darwinism by liberals will backfire itself in the end, because, whatever […]

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Tags: Evolution · liberalism

Secularism, science, and liberalism

October 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Secular liberalism misunderstood The rise of secularism is more than just the coming of science. There is a twin realization based on the science of the causal and emergence of freedom. This duality was beautifully discussed by Kant. The reign of scientism will spoil liberalism, and ruin secularism.

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Tags: liberalism · Science

Liberalism vs capitalism

August 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Econostream != Eonic Sequence The previous post discussed Badiou’s confusion over market systems under liberalism, and liberalism as such. To blame liberalism for capitalism is a fallacy, and if you look at history you will see that while modern capitalism arose in same generation as modern liberalism it is a fallacy to equate the two. […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · liberalism

Liberalism can be defended

March 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Liberalism can be defended by Ophelia Benson – butterfliesandwheels.com http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5215 from dawkins site Taner Edis thinks Gary Bouma is right about secularism and that Russell Blackford is wrong. I think Taner is mostly wrong that Russell is wrong that Gary Bouma is wrong. Still with me? Note that, as often in the liberal tradition, the […]

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Tags: liberalism · secularism

Kant’s Challenge and the ‘science of liberty’

February 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Ferris’ attempt to smear over the classic issues of the philosophy of history with the crude sociology of scientism deserves a look at the legacy of the Enlightenment here. Scientists can’t claim the Enlightenment then trash its classics. The question of a science of history is discussed at length in World History And The Eonic […]

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Tags: liberalism · Science · secularism · The Eonic Effect

Booknotes: The Science Of Liberty

February 17th, 2010 · No Comments

I also reviewed Ferris’ The Science Of Liberty. It won’t appear right away as a second review in one day. I recommend a look at the eonic effect if you wish to indulge in causal analysis questions to do with the history of liberalism. Despite its breezy style and superficial charm, this book, whether from […]

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Tags: Booknotes · liberalism · Science · The Eonic Effect

Science and liberalism? Darwinism and eugenics

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Ferris’ Science Of Liberty The claims for science at the fount of liberalism are misleanding and false in the end, and we cannot forget that the emergence of Darwinism was a Whiggish class ideology in disguise generating Social Darwinist, and anti-liberal fascist eugenics projects. In this sense Ferris’ claims are dangerously false. Further, […]

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Tags: Evolution · liberalism

Science in world history

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments

The Case of the Missing Centuries We already commented today on Ferris’ new book The Science Of Liberty. I haven’t read the book yet, and on one level his thinking may be straightforward, but it is NOT true that science led to the emergence of liberalism. The parallel independent emergence of liberalism and science is […]

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Tags: liberalism · Science · Science & Religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Lenin’s hatred of liberalism

January 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments

Lenin post To be fair, the current logjam of manipulated liberalism producing idiocy is just the kind of situation that led Marx to his critique.

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Tags: 1848+ · liberalism · Ultra Far Left

Liberalism and the dynamics of world history

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Since we are on the subject of liberalism, consider the issue in light of world istory (and the eonic effect), The Politics of Evolution

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Tags: liberalism · The Eonic Effect

Booknotes: liberalism misdefined

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments

The many faces of liberalism By Samuel Brittan The Neo-liberal State By Raymond Plant OUP £50, 312 pages British Party Politics and Ideology after New Labour Edited by Simon Griffiths and Kevin Hickson Palgrave Macmillan £60 256 pages The Science of Liberty By Timothy Ferris HarperCollins $26.99 384 pages Anyone searching for the underlying ideas […]

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Tags: Booknotes · liberalism

Darwinists suckers for Nietzschean oversimplifications

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Do Human Rights Require Religious Beliefs? What difference would it make if we accepted what Bernard Williams has called “Nietzsche’s thought”–“there is, not only no God, but no metaphysical order of any kind”? One consequence, Nietzsche suggested, is that we could no longer believe that human beings were created by God in His Image and […]

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Tags: Kant · liberalism · The Eonic Effect

Sandel on justice

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments

http://chronicle.com/article/Michael-Sandel-Wants-to-Talk/48573/ Michael Sandel Wants to Talk to You About Justice Taking his popular Harvard course to public television may raise the scholar’s profile and, just maybe, the tone of political discourse Sandel’s discussion has a strong Kantian component, and the place of this in the Darwin universe is problematical, which means that Darwinism is problematical.

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Tags: ethics · liberalism

An ‘axial age’ of liberalism

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Liberalism has let itself become a kind of false ideology associated with Darwinism and scientism, and it has become in part for that reason the object of hatred by religious conservatives who now associate it with atheism, but the real history of liberalism is something far deeper, with a connection to a ‘transcendent’ realm greater […]

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Tags: liberalism · The Axial Age

The confusions of ‘liberal atheism’

August 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I have been rereading again: Nietzsche, Prophet of Nazism: The Cult of the Superman–Unveiling the Nazi Secret Doctrine We have commented on this book here already. Despite its limitations, and its failure to conform to the dogmas of the academic Nietzsche cult, this book is an eye-opener on certain points. We have been discussing ‘liberal […]

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Tags: Evolution · liberalism

Liberalism in the context of world history

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Liberal Atheists Actually the left was long locked in a box comprising the narrowest scientism, Darwinism (despite Marx’s initial protests), materialism, and atheism. And we can see how the left has suffered for that, a warning to liberals determined to let themselves be dominated by an increasingly cult-like science community determined to enforce […]

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Tags: liberalism · religion · Science · The Eonic Effect

Attacks on secularism

August 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

UD cites a new book, Hunter Baker’s The End Of Secularism It is not clear who has harmed the term ‘secularism’ more, the Darwin faithful, the New Atheists, or the ID-ists. The result is a shift in the meaning of the term ‘secular’ which is destructive to all discussion. So, let’s be clear: the secular […]

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Tags: liberalism · Science & Religion · secularism

Toward a Postdarwinian liberalism

August 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Toward a Postdarwinian liberalism One of the confusions of the debate over evolution is the tendency over time for the parties to that debate to polarize over secularism and religion, itself a false division. The challenge to evolution is in reality to the pseudo-science created from Darwinism, which is not a religious but a scientific […]

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Tags: Evolution · Kant · liberalism · secularism

Confused reactionaries

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Hucklebird comment on Certain? I think Hucklebird has gone totally astray on the freedom issue. First, the discussions of the Discete Freedom Sequence in the eonic effect are about historical patterns of data. There are givens of history, so what’s the argument? Next, conservative critiques of modern freedom are mostly baloney. Either you believe in […]

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Tags: 1848+ · liberalism

The modern transition: from religion to liberalism

July 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

On Liberty at 150 John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty isn’t always convincing, but after 150 years it is still worth reading, writes Andrew Norton On Liberty By John Stuart Mill First published 1859. Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penguin Books, and many other publishers. It is important for secularists to study the liberal tradition […]

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Tags: History · liberalism · The Eonic Effect