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And just as well try to give a quick summary of the sweeping elegaic paeans to a bygone age of high culture and noble virtues that is Reaction.

But there is some content, and some of it is disconcerting.

Reaction isn’t a conspiracy theory; it’s not suggesting there’s a secret campaign for organized repression.

To steal an example from the other side of the aisle, it’s positing something more like patriarchy.

– * – * – * – No One Expects The Spanish Inquisition, Especially Not In 21st Century America People in ancient societies thought their societies were obviously great.

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Speak out against Comrade Stalin and you get sent to Siberia. Who knows, you might even get that cushy professorship.

Despite the iconic image of the dissident sent to Siberia, this is how the Soviets dealt with most of their iconoclasts too.

If you absolutely insist on imprisonment, you can always go to Europe, where there are more than enough “hate speech” laws on the book to satisfy your wishes.

The great thing about western liberal democracy is that it has a free marketplace of ideas. Noam Chomsky made a career of criticizing our society and became rich and famous and got a cushy professorship. If you “criticize” society by telling it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing only much much more so, society recognizes you as an ally and rewards you for being a “bold iconoclast” or “having brave and revolutionary new ideas” or whatever.

So our advantage is that we admit our society’s imperfections, reward those who point them out, and so keep inching closer and closer to this ideal of perfect government. Suppose you went back to Stalinist Russia and you said “You know, people just don’t respect Comrade Stalin enough. It’s only when you tell them something they actually don’t want to hear that you get in trouble.

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