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Friday, August 7, 2009

The paradox of liberalism

While googling for some data requested by Abu Rakun, I hit on this. In reply to a question about his predictions of fundamentalist groups surpassing secular populations, Erik Kaufmann had the following to say about the paradox of liberalism:

In reply to a question, Kaufmann speculated that demography may expose a contradiction, first cited by Nietzsche, between liberalism's practical need to defend itself and its inability to legitimate the illiberal policies that may be required to do so.


There is a question begging to be asked here. This contradiction is certainly inherent to liberalism, but why should it be a paradox of secularism too?

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