In Democratic Individuality, I argued that at a high level of abstraction, modern conservatives, liberals and radicals believe that the best economic, social and political institutions foster each person’s individuality. Their differences are largely empirical or social theoretical. All clash with modern authoritarians. I will take up practical issues such as torture and the lineage of the neocons and link them to larger issues in how we conceive a decent regime, locally and internationally.
Michelle Obama gave the most important and from the heart speech of this campaign. It is a personal speech, not a politican’s speech. Watch here. The which side are you on, the human side or the monster side, is now indelibly clear. She included decent men in the most encompassing way. Clinton is an elite politician, for some domestic reforms, but a warmonger on the Ukraine and Syria who will need to be stopped from below. Trump is not someone any human being would want to be on a planet with (he attains a Kissinger’like, Cheney-like, LBJ-like status but with a perversion all his own). This is, plainly, a question of right and wrong.