zantonavitch Posted July 17, 2014 Share Posted July 17, 2014 REVIEW Pure Liberal Fire by Kyrel ZantonavitchIntroductionThe author claims to be a "pure liberal -- the only one on this earth." This is the "new and perfected version of classical liberalism."I'll take his word for it. I'll not examine whether he's a megalomaniac, deluded or objectively truthful. I don't care. I'm not interested in perfection regardless. I'll simply examine these ideas of his which are not exclusive to him as a person. I do point out, however, that from being the only one to the existence of others of this ilk only takes a few more paragraphs. This is not a good portent. The first paragraph needs to be rewritten to get rid of the contradiction. Or the other paragraph, if the author hates any intimation of modesty.Not yet enough reason to buy this book, but the review has only just started. So far it is a set up for a religious tract, a notion of which I hope to be quickly disabused.Instead of reviewing this book essay by essay--there are 98 of them--I will review it section by section, of which there are eight. Next review will be on "Metaphysics and Epistemology." Look for it by this weekend or even by tomorrow.--BrantTo my way of thinking, the philosophy and culture of Western liberalism began with the Greeks 2600 years ago. Along with science, they invented the rudiments of the epistemology of reason, ethics of individualism, and politics of freedom. Their lifestyle was far the richest and best to-date. The Romans improved Greek thought somewhat. Then came skepticism of reason, religious domination, and a Dark Age. The Italian and European Renaissance brought back liberal philosophy and culture, and even advanced them slightly, in my view. The European Enlightenment did even better. Then came more skepticism of reason, socialist domination, and the current Dark Age. But the Austrian economists fought back against this, as did the ultra-genius Ayn Rand, and their libertarian off-shoots. That's where we are today.But even Rand wasn't 100% committed to, or convinced by, the epistemology of reason, ethics of individualism, and politics of freedom. Epistemologically she was a scientific skeptic who doubted relativity, evolution, and the Big Bang. And she created a semi-cult. All of this violates reason, and thus liberalism. Ethically, she wanted loyalist followers more than independent friends, and created a semi-cult. This violates individualism, and thus liberalism. Politically, she believed in coercive subpoenas, libel censorship, and couldn't fund gov't without forcible taxation. This violates freedom, and thus liberalism. So she and her philosophic followers fall a bit short of meeting the immensely high Liberal Standard. I don't.Hence the arrogance and megalomania of calling myself a "pure liberal -- the only one on this earth." It seems to be true! But strong, careful, independent, free-thinking Objectivists aren't all that inferior. Especially if they've read and absorbed my book.I think the world has been ascending towards liberal philosophy and culture for 30 years now. Quietly, the planet is experiencing a Second Renaissance. This includes the thinking of the conservatives, progressives, Austrians, libertarians, and Objectivists. Even the Christians, Muslims, Chinese, and Indians. So sometimes in my book I write as if the New Liberals are already here.I write with a lot of fire, fury, and fervor. So I've been told. Seems normal to me, believe it or not. I just try to write in an energetic and non-dull manner. I'm not sure why everyone is so afraid of me. But I hope the supposed "religious" tenure identified above is that of an intellectual revolutionary -- not a religious fanatic. Religion is a very false and evil version of philosophy. It gains its power and fervor via emotion and craziness -- not rational persuasiveness. This last is my goal. If people think my book has too much passion in it, I hope they'll ignore all that, and just focus on the reasoned arguments offered inside. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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