Gottfried observed that, contrary to the spirit of nineteenth-century liberalism with its emphasis on individuality, the contemporary liberal state is more interested in the promotion of cultural uniformity. This task has provided employment within the state bureaucracy for psychiatrists and social psychologists and even people with the job description “behavioural economist” whose moral and political judgments are taken as “expert” opinions. Gottfried calls them “psychiatric theologians” since they are a modern secular analogue for a priesthood. Like Alasdair MacIntyre, Gottfried argues that much of the rhetoric of modern political life is designed to conceal both the power of these “psychiatric theologians” and the questionable legitimacy of their “expert” status. In Gottfried’s judgment, the contemporary liberal state is a classic example of a political culture which seeks to hide the nature and exercise of its power behind technical jargon. It does this by down-playing political differences and claiming to be “neutral” in its treatment of contentious moral questions.
For all the headz. Martin Reeves a.k.a. Krafty Kuts may look like a retired math teacher and posses that crawly, Sussex accent, but behold, one of the funkiest bruthas that Brighton has brought to the world.
DO THIS. It get’s cookin’ at 6:00 and beyond after the interview w/ CashMoney.
..the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.
The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced.
You know you’re getting older when you watch one of those superhero movies where buildings are falling, cities are getting damaged, etc. as the good guys fight the bad guys and the thought that can’t leave your mind is…”who’s going to clean all this shit up?”
'There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself… as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist! There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ. Man! Ye see it in smaller matters. Did ye never know a lover of books that with all his first editions and signed copies had lost the power to read them? Or an organiser of charities that had lost all love for the poor? It is the subtlest of snares.'