Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom

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Levy, Jacob T.. 2017. Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom. Oxford University Press.

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"Intermediate groups -- voluntary associations, churches, ethnocultural groups, universities, and more -- can both protect and threaten individual liberty. The same is true for centralized state action against such groups... liberal political thought rests on a deep tension between a rationalist suspicion of intermediate and local group power, and a pluralism favorable toward intermediate group life, and preserving the bulk of its suspicion for the centralizing state."

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A review of Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom by Jacob Levy. "... can both the government and your neighbor be an abusive jerk? Obviously. There isn’t some a priori theory that tells us whether we are more at risk, relatively, of being busybodied by our neighbor or excessively nose-counted by the state. Or killed by a soldier of the state, or lynched by a voluntary local association of neighbors wearing pillowcases on their heads."

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There isn’t some a priori theory that tells us whether we are more at risk, relatively, of being busybodied by our neighbor or excessively nose-counted by the state. Or killed by a soldier of the state, or lynched by a voluntary local association of neighbors wearing pillowcases on their heads.
John Holbo, "Thinking About Groups"