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By John Kekes

In his fresh e-book opposed to Liberalism, thinker John Kekes argued that liberalism as a political procedure is doomed to failure by way of its inner inconsistencies. during this better half quantity, he makes a robust case for conservatism because the top substitute. His is the 1st systematic description and security of the fundamental assumptions underlying conservative inspiration.

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If these women become mothers and spend any time at all with their children, they find themselves off the partnership track and instead, with no prospects of advance­ ment in the profession, on the "mommy track. " " Nine to five" is decidedly "part-time work , " in the ethos of these firms . One mother reports that, in spite of her twelve-hour workdays and frequent work­ ing weekends, she has no chance of making partner. The article ig­ nores the fact that these women's children also have fathers, or that most of the men working for the top firms also have children, except to report that male lawyers who take parental leave are seen as "wimp­ like.

It is the entire purpose of the lib­ eralism of fear to prevent that outcome. It is therefore fair to say that liberalism is monogamously, faithfully, and permanently married to democracy-but it is a marriage of convenience. To account for the necessity of freedom in general, references to particular institutions and ideologies are not enough. One must put cruelty first and understand the fear of fear and recognize them every­ where. Unrestrained "punishing" and denials of the most basic means of survival by governments, near and far from us , should incline us to look with critical attention to the practices of all agents of all governments and to the threats of war here and everywhere.

There is, however, a real psychological connection between them. Skepticism is inclined to­ ward toleration, since in its doubts it cannot choose among the com­ peting beliefs that swirl around it, so often in murderous rage. Whether the skeptic seeks personal tranquility in retreat or tries to calm the warring factions around her, she must prefer a government that does nothing to increase the prevailing levels of fanaticism and dogmatism. To that extent there is a natural affinity between the liberal and the skeptic.

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