C333 Richard Rorty is redefining the pragmatic

Richard Rorty, was an American pragmatist in favour of “bourgeois liberalism.”

It is a phrase that shows up everywhere from the Chinese Communists using this phrase derogoratily to expunge too successful shopkeepers to Newark Mayor Ras Barkara claiming getting rid of the police is a bougeous liberal ideal. Rorty was the son of nonacademic leftist intellectuals who broke with the American Communist Party in the early 1930s, sometime after Rorty was born in 1931 (noticed Pluto at the Ascendant). He attended the University of Chicago and Yale University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy.

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C148 Life, liberty & property and John Locke

John Locke was an English philosopher who is called the “Father of Liberalism.” 1 While the epithet “Liberalism” has changed in the past hundred years as each political party has claimed it as its own, Liberalism as a political philosophy (not as a party) has always been defined by The Second Treatise of Government :  the defense of the individual’s rights against an abusive government. His philosophy was pegged to both a representative government and the importance of individual property rights.

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    While the epithet “Liberalism” has changed in the past hundred years as each political party has claimed it as its own, Liberalism as a political philosophy (not as a party) has always been defined by The Second Treatise of Government :  the defense of the individual’s rights against an abusive government.

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