Friday, October 8, 2010

"English Pragmatists and Continental Moralists"

"Metternich" explains how and why "the latter still wanted to restore a pre-modern social order, [while] the former, having discovered that their arguments could be used to defend the new order just as effectively as the old, opted for reformism and allied themselves with the classical liberals" — A Genealogy of the Right.

The author calls himself a "a dyed-in-the-wool Continental moralist," but I am a "Burkean pragmatis[t]." I have genuine sympathy for those "who wanted to conserve Europe's waning ancien régime... with its absolute monarchy, feudal economy, entrenched aristocracy, and powerful clerisy" and, to a lesser extent, with today's "atavistic moralist resurgence against the pragmatist establishment," but I don't really see how as an American that can or ever could have been my fight.

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