Here is a group that I did not see coming. The Trump era has coincided with the formation of a coterie of writers who say that liberal modernity has become (or perhaps always was) inimical to human flourishing. One way to tell if you are reading a post-liberal is to see what they say about John Locke. If Locke is treated as an important and positive influence on the American founding, then you are dealing with just another American conservative. If Locke is identified as the font of the trans movement and same-sex marriage, then you may have encountered a post-liberal. …
That’s an excellent litmus test.
If you believe that Western civilization started going to hell in the wake of John Locke’s philosophy, then you are likely to be highly sympathetic to this website. You are likely to be a comrade in the trenches. This is friendly territory for post-liberals of many stripes.
As for this website, I see our project as updating George Fitzhugh’s critique of Northern liberal democracy and free-market capitalism for the 21st century South. Fitzhugh diagnosed the disease in his books Cannibals All!, or Slaves Without Masters and Sociology for the South, or The Failure of Free Society. There is really isn’t much to do but chart the progression since Lincoln’s time.
Did you see all the celebration of LGBT everything on Twitter yesterday? It wouldn’t have surprised George Fitzhugh. He never anticipated transgenderism, but he wouldn’t have been surprised by it. That’s where the slippery slope of classical liberalism and its ideal of limitless individual autonomy has taken us as of 2019 and we aren’t anywhere close to rock bottom yet.
Now that slavery is coming back in the form of robots and artificial intelligence in the 21st century, we have the chance to restore our broken social system and jettison the Northern model of our social order that was imposed on us after the War Between the States.