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Moral obligation to critique the expansion of state power as corrupt, intrusive, inefficient, and stultifying of civil society.

Wilfred M. McClay, Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, May 2012 ('Liberalism After Liberalism: How can we affirm human dignity when liberalism no longer can?', First Things: http://www.firstthin...fter-liberalism).

 

[T]he expansion of state power results not chiefly in greater individual liberty but in the creation of a vast web of clients dependent upon that power and in the sacrifice of a relatively free flow of enterprising energy in a vibrant civil society to a stultifying and inefficient regime of unelected bureaucracies, agency heads, and judges. As easy as it is to tick off the inequities to which laissez-faire economics can give rise, there is an equivalent obligation to speak seriously of the inequities and trade-offs and opportunity costs involved in the steady extension and intrusion of government into all facets of life. But that obligation is rarely met. Statist liberalism has thrived by encouraging the comparison of real-world apples with idealized oranges. A more balanced and honest assessment would acknowledge that the alternative to private-sector inequality generally is not the vaunted achievement of "democracy" but the gray reign of public bureaucracies, whose "equality" is administered and enforced by unaccountable officials, with exemptions paid out to the politically connected and the ideologically favored.
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People interested in virtue ethics and liberatory politics should also read Lisa Tessman's excellent Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles.

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Part III on 'The Politics of Ethics' is particularly important: https://www.scribd.com/document/143795673/Alasdair-MacIntyre-Ethics-and-Politics-Volume-2-Selected-Essays - specifically "Toleration and the goods of conflict", which discusses when communities like debate can exclude others based on their rhetoric (e.g., Holocaust denial).

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Contemporary politics is systematically defective and inescapably evil, with the costs of progress frequently inflicted on the marginalized. We must revive a conception of the common good.



 



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