POLITICS AND VISION BY SHELDON WOLIN

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YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT POLITICS AND VISION BY SHELDON WOLIN

“…the peculiarity of the liberal tradition was its distrust of determinate, personal authority, authority whose power was visible and traceable to a specific person, such as pope or monarch. As Spencer later summarized the case, man “must have a master; but that master may be Nature or may be a fellow man.

When he us under the impersonal coercion of Nature, we say he is free; and when he is under the personal coercion of someone above him, we call him a slave, a serf, or a vassal.” As these sentiments imply, the liberal was eager to surrender to impersonal power, power which seemingly belonged to no specific individual.”

-S. S. Wolin, Politics and Vision, p. 311

Please take this passage from Wolin as your point of departure and discuss why does liberalism have a tendency to “surrender to impersonal power?”

In answering your question, please make sure that you address at least oneof the following questions: How does Wolin explain the relationship between liberalism and anxiety?

How does liberal anxiety relate to “economic scarcity”, the emergence of “crowed spaces” and “contending classes”? What are “the political claims of economic theory”?

What does it mean to speak of the diffusion of the political (316)?

References are limited to Politics and Vision, so please no outside sources. Last but not least: please make sure that you answer the questions you choose and insert page numbers.

 

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