If not unqualified freedom, what?
If you haven’t read it, be sure not to miss yesterday’s entry, “Western civilization, brought down by slogans,” in which I briefly lay out the traditionalist alternative to today’s insane and seemingly all-powerful liberalism:
One of the key purposes of this site is to lead at least some conservatives away from the quintessentially liberal belief in unqualified freedom to the traditionalist understanding of ordered freedom, of restrained individualism, of liberty under law. And if there is to be ordered freedom and restrained individualism, then there must be something higher than freedom and individualism, which is a society’s shared understanding of the good. And if a society’s shared understanding of the good is higher than freedom, then the good is not just a means toward non-suicidal freedom, it is the end itself.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 18, 2012 01:07 PM | Send