On liberalism and social responsibility (from page 102):

 

.... By historical standards, liberals’ vision remains quite undemanding.  It tackles some of the worst abuses, hopes that vulnerable people not be left to starve—though in fact millions still do—and so on.  Clearly, however, liberal activist networks lack the psychic wherewithal to touch on deeper ethical concerns.  Their sort of agency is thin, and oriented outward toward alleviating symptoms of problems.  They find alien, if they think about it at all, the older idea that virtuous action is part of a properly ordered self.  Alone among cultures in history, they act with banality as an end.  Once everywhere has the entrepreneurial energy of Singapore and the moral flexibility of Amsterdam, agency ceases.  This ethical anemia appears even among the global intelligentsia, where we might otherwise expect to find a reserve of critical energy.  The world over, the intelligentsia sinks ever deeper into the mire of careerist conformity and subservience to power....

 

 

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