Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Whence This Change?

Alasdair MacIntyre: From Socratic Subverter to Supporter of the State by Thaddeus Kozinski

While I disagree with Kozinski regarding the American founding and the tenets of the Anglo-American political tradition, the centralization of political and economic power has transformed the original federal republic or federation of states into a unitary nation-state, more or less. The power of the Federal government (and that of many of the states arguably) is problematic, to say the least.

According to Kozinski's summary, MacIntyre was not talking about the legitimacy of the use of coercive power in an abstract manner (that is, a discussion of the state's authority proper to the exposition of the practical science of politics) but making claims about the responsibilities of the modern nation-state. (I haven't watched the lecture yet and probably won't be able to do so for a while.) Maybe this change isn't so surprising since MacIntyre did support the American with Disabilities Act and necessarily the power of the Federal Government (in Dependent Rational Animals, I believe).

Someone should write a sustained critique of Charles Taylor on modernity and liberal democracy (as philosophy or as intellectual history)?
Charles Taylor on Secular Democracy

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