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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tory History

Foseti points me to the Alternate History, an essay by Lind and Piper. I guess this is an outline of that Tory History which Moldbug kept asking for.

It's been a year or so since I last harped on the Italian Middle Ages, so here we go again: Don't just tell us that the Middle Ages were intellectually interesting - show us. Dante Alighieri was the Edmund Burke of his world. Also, bring in Chaucer and Boccaccio; and explain how their attacks on "the Church" are not proto-liberal screeds, but defences of common-sense against the regnant ideology.

Also omitted here is slavery and peonage. Are they unjust systems? If so, what is the Right's case against either? Better Rightists than I have passed down several arguments against the Middle Passage: commercial slavery corrupts the owners, passing slaves on from one master to another breaks community, what do you do with a foreign nation when it gets freed, etc. But against enslaving captives in a just war, against debt-peonage, against serfdom: I don't see the Right making an honest case. (The Left, sure.)

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