jan30-lecture - Liberal thought puts the rational...

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Liberal thought puts the rational individual property owner at the center of the world individuals – access to reason through reason realize happiness can be found in full consumption of nature property is essential if our happiness is to withstand the test of time center of the world and of all preoccupations because no collective body knows better than we do about our happiness protect this property – secured by the state – necessary evil Liberalism responsible for exploitation, alienation, and destruction of traditional communities. Exploit nature to better humanity new social forces will reject the liberal perspective – refuse the forms of domination and exploitation brought about by liberalism this ideological conflict defines all conflict in 19 th /20 th centuries groups: 1. nobles – downgraded status everywhere, especially in France, but not without the ability to fight back (resources) nostalgic

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