Another Stephen Hicks event in Melbourne 12 March


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Stephen is a libertarian philosopher and economist (with Austrian leanings).  Postmodernism is one of his specialties and another is entreprenership.

He will explore the ideological roots of Cultural Marxism and  political correctness, the rise of oppressed groups, the dilution of truth and meaning.

Liberalism Pro and Con  A book published by Connor Court to support the tour.

HIS SITESOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.  In Brisbane he will debate John Quiggin!

His interviews with entrepreneursHow a mugging created a career.

Kaizen: You were mugged in 1981 by three teenagers in New York’s Lower East Side, and that led you to a major career change?

Mariotti: It did. The mugging caught me emotionally off guard, and I had a lot of flashbacks afterward. It got me interested in the question of why some kids would humiliate me over a small amount of money. And I started to think: Had they been able to sell me something or ask me to invest in a business deal, they could have gotten a lot more money and it would have been a win/win situation for everyone. And that really got me interested in a new career path in education, which turned out great.

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2 Responses to Another Stephen Hicks event in Melbourne 12 March

  1. Davey Boy

    He will explore the ideological roots of Cultural Marxism and political correctness, the rise of oppressed groups, the dilution of truth and meaning.

    Felix Rex (Black Pigeon Speaks) offers as a cause for some of these the phenomenon of oikophobia “the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours.'”

    The reference is a Quillette article by Benedict Beckeld. An extract:

    “…oikophobia is a natural outgrowth of the way cultures, and certainly Western cultures, develop. It occurred in ancient Greece, in Rome, in the French and British empires, and now in the United States. To give a very brief overview of this development, we may say that in the beginning, a people relatively uncivilized and uncultured, but possessed of great mobility and untested strength, awakens and, as it were, goes to war in service of its deities. Initial successes against surrounding peoples lead to greater wealth and prestige, and a national identity is forged, accompanied by literary epics and other accoutrements of culture. Eventually, the people reaches its pinnacle of success, with so much wealth that a broad and permanent leisure class can be established, and this era of greatest political power will generally coincide, more or less, with the pinnacle of the nation’s cultural and scientific achievements. There is finally enough wealth and power for the leisure class, and in many cases for people lower on the social ladder as well, to become more occupied with achieving higher states of wealth and prestige vis-à-vis their countrymen than they are with the health of the community itself.

    This is where oikophobia sets in. Diverse interests are created that view each other as greater enemies than they do foreign threats. Since the common civilizational enemy has been successfully repulsed, it can no longer serve as an effective target for and outlet of people’s sense of superiority, and human psychology generally requires an adversary for the purpose of self-identification, and so a new adversary is crafted: other people in the same civilization. Since this condition of leisure and empowerment, as well as a perception of external threats as non-existential, are the results of a society’s success, success is, ironically, a prerequisite for a society’s self-hatred. What Freud has called the “narcissism of small differences” (in Civilization and Its Discontents)—the urge to compete against others even through minor distinctions like a virtuous action or the newest gadget—becomes one motivation through which a particular interest expresses its superiority over others.”

  2. Rafe Champion

    Very good thanks Davey! Worth a post in itself and you have provided it!
    Scanning the latest Quillette is on my list of things to do but it will probably never get to the top.

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