What do liberals do for fun

The realm of the lesser evil. About the liberal society by Jean-Claude Michéa, from the French by Nicola Denis, Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-95757-015-4 (02.05.2017) Ingolfur Blühdorn's book “Simulative Demokratie” is unfortunately still in the Stapel (worth reading: about the post-democratic turnaround, comes here too), all the less forgivable than the fact that in the Carinthian high valley he shouted the tip to my good friend Ingo about “The realm of the lesser evil” - this is, so to speak, the continuation of Didier Eribon's return to Reims. How right he is! A well-written, theoretical book that is really enjoyable to read (for example on vacation). It's fun, brings insight into anyone who wants to sharpen their judgment in today's times, who wants to understand the fronts from Trumpism to, yes, even to Libarianism, should take this book to hand. At first glance it might seem a bit complicated, but only at first glance. It contains seven chapters, the fourth chapter “Tractatus juridico-economicus” is central for understanding (not only in terms of the numerical series). Don't worry, it's not in Latin, but in well-translated German, translated from French - and once again this French provenance is responsible for a pleasant broadening of horizons, we are looking so excitedly into the neighboring country, now and for a few years. But back to the structure: these seven chapters are short, each easy to read in an hour, contain footnotes and always a diverse appendix, and each part of the appendix has a few appendices (sometimes, not always) and of course footnotes again. Don't stop reading, because that's the good thing: you can read the chapters this way first, and then again with a few attachments, then you realize: it's actually the attachments, and suddenly the footnotes are also fun. What is it about? It goes like the title ... No, start differently. It's about the film Fight Club (with Brad Pitt and Peter Norton, by David Fincher, who is also responsible for House of Cards), and the cannibalism case in Rothenburg. It's about the Dreyfuss affair and what the modern left (not just in France) made of it, Trotsky's leather coat is also briefly striped (which doesn't suit him), and it's about the view that it's something like a “good one” There is liberalism, which revolves around the political, the cultural, and the “evil” liberalism, which administers the disdainful economy. The author does away with this point of view: the first chapter is called “The Unity of Liberalism”. And what does that have to do with informed consent cannibalism? Liberalism claims to get by without rules (as long as it does no harm to anyone), but is forced to put them up incessantly, and thus resort to excessive regulation - if one could not count on the coordinating forces of the market (the famous "invisible hand") ). Using cannibalism as an example is of course pretty weird ... but there are plenty of other examples that are discussed. As a result, the following statement remains: "If political liberalism repeatedly finds its natural focus in economic liberalism, it is because the latter, according to both its project and its principles, has been the political answer corresponding to the problem of modernity from the very beginning." (P. 51). Michéa accuses the left in France and elsewhere of having withdrawn into the cultural values ​​of political liberalism, so that the citizens (workers, employees, voters ...) only have the choice of going along with this cultural claim (for which they partially feel no inclination) or to subscribe to the rights. The consequences are well known. And what about Fight Club? I watched the film again - dear. In the sixth chapter Michéa turns it into the struggle between the patriarchal, patriarchal principle and the matriarchal, “understanding” rule, embodied by the two actors (with the familiar course: I don't want to reveal anything). That has something, at the same time you are not sure whether D. Trump would not also find the film really great. Well, one cannot expect a solution to all problems from a book (and so the author refrains from promising one in the last chapter), but an intelligent book may stand out precisely because it does not answer all questions for all time pretends to solve, but draws the reader's attention to intelligent questions.
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