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celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

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Radicals should take stock of the progress liberal democracies have made.

With trends like these and more, liberal capitalism appears less like the arch-nemesis of humanity, and more like a miracle machine.

One of the achievements of liberalism has been a norm of free speech wherein individuals can both share and consume that spectrum of thought. Every new and challenging school of thought I discovered after anarchism rocked my worldview...

Why is this so upvoted on /f/Anarchism? This is a piece that is actively trying to convince anarchists to abandon anarchism. I'm confused, do people just not read the article? i am disappoint. downboated.

If you're interested in reading a much better take, here's one you can try on.

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anon1040 wrote

"Radicals should take stock of the progress liberal democracies have made. As Steven Pinker points out in The Better Angels of Our Nature, nobody in the West has an argument for wife-beating or denying women the vote anymore. Infant mortality rates have cratered, and extreme poverty rates are falling precipitously. With trends like these and more, liberal capitalism appears less like the arch-nemesis of humanity, and more like a miracle machine." ? Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous? First of all, liberal capitalism has not caused any of those things. Secondly, "the West" has plenty of people who are arguing for "wife beating," and as someone from the "East" it's about the same number as in the "East."

Also, he accuses "radicalism" of being an ideology that is proved by people denying it but isn't the same true of this article? Like if I were to say that this dude IS ignoring his privilege (eg. what he says about how/why he finally "fled." Like we don't know what happened, but chances are if someone who is white and refuses to "admit to being a white supremacist" there's probably more going on there. Also emotional labor Should be compensated, especially when it's nonwhite people having to explain racism to white ppl. Soooooooooooooo yes.

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