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Matthew

Swarming@bookwyrm.social

Joined 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I work in editorial at a small book publishing company. Degrees in law and political philosophy, interests in psychoanalysis, Christian theology, Sufi monism, philosophy, and post-liberalism.

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2024 Reading Goal

20% complete! Matthew has read 5 of 24 books.

John Gray: The New Leviathans (Hardcover, 2023, Penguin Books, Limited) 5 stars

Ever since its publication in 1651, Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan has unsettled and challenged how we …

Gloomy times

4 stars

John Gray's diagnosis of the slow decay of the liberal world order rings true. His reflections on the Russian war on Ukraine, as well as the history of the totalitarian Soviet Communist state, help to illustrate the mindset of the Russian people(s). His excoriating critique of so-called 'woke' ideology justifies a read by itself, as are his brief but illuminating relitigation of the ideas explored in Tom Holland's Dominion and Peter Turchin's End Times.

"Hyper-liberal ideology plays a number of roles. It operates as a rationale for a failing variety of capitalism, and a vehicle through which surplus elites struggle to secure a position of power in society. Insofar as it expresses a coherent set of ideas, it is the anti-Western creed of an antinomian intelligentsia that is ineffably Western. Psychologically, it provides an ersatz faith for those who cannot live without the hope of universal salvation inculcated by Christianity." …

Yoram Hazony: Conservatism (2022, Regnery Publishing, Incorporated, An Eagle Publishing Company, Regnery Gateway, Gateway Editions) 5 stars

The idea that American conservatism is identical to classical liberalism--widely held since the 1960s--is seriously …

Vital reading for any thoughtful conservative

5 stars

A fascinating genealogy of a distinctive Anglo-American tradition of conservatism, rooted in pragmatic empiricism, biblical tradition, and common law jurisprudence. Hazony succeeds in outlining a distinctive conservatist political philosophy as well as explaining many of its great historical merits.

He also provides a compelling critique of liberalism's inability to sustain its own conditions of possibility and the atomising effect it has on society, driving mental health disorders, loneliness, deaths of despair and a collapse in traditional family life.