On liberalism and power (from page 88):

 

.... To be blunt, global liberalism does not hold sway because of any eloquence on the part of liberal theorists in their journals or at their lecture podia.  It holds sway because it resonates with atomist strata that dominate public life.  Those strata—as politicians, advertisers, entrepreneurs, therapists, and educators—shape ordinary people’s experience in such a way as to ease atomism’s further spread.  Indeed, atomists’ success over the last few decades makes it harder than ever for them to try divorcing philosophy from cultural forces.  The atomist meritocracy has risen to prominence, and most intellectuals around the world are now socialized within it.  Liberal philosophy echoes down the corridors of power.  The full weight of publicity, policy, and therapeutic orthodoxy stand behind principles masked as universal and ethereal....

 

 

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