Interesting, thanks for the link. Didn't even know he was back in the USSA. His language of "the renewal of democratic prophecy" would bear closer examination. It possibly overlaps with Kahn's view, but Unger dives right in head first where Kahn stringently warns against even putting a toe forward.

from bad to bads at the return of contentions.

Geez we wuz the Algonquin Ground Roundtable in our day, compared to that crew they got right there. Could be worsern Hotair.

I gave you a "like" so now you're like -110 instead of -111. Ur welcome.

Lemme know next time you're bein especial helpful-like.

You been going there? Causing trouble? Has the old commenting band re-assembled?

Thanks. Very appropriate.

and don't really intend to keep that promise

(just kidding - but I DID promise to throw it back at you all the time.)

Victory! I turned Scott into a capitalist death-dealer!

aww, at least give me a kinda-maybe on the second part. Be generous and not so possessive about your Buddhisticness. I won't tell anyone or throw it back at you except all the time.

Part of the violence of the institution of the free market had precisely to do with ripping the poor out of their established system of social relations, including their lack of ambition and non-cognizance of economic valuation of all areas of life. But we shouldn't simply dismiss what the survivors and beneficiaries got out of the transformation as though it's nothing at all.That's just not the human truth. Even an in-the-end-empty temptation would still be a real temptation, a realized image of the good. And avoidance of starvation, acquisition of education, etc. - freedom to watch Kevin Durant - that's all something not quite nothing.

Yes: Creative destruction works - that is, is sustainable - until it has nothing left to destroy but itself, a situation that it approaches as it expands in search of its limits. So, within the same framework, "Creative destruction inherently tends toward the final creative destruction of creative destruction." It will always be forecast too soon - until it's too late. The sense that we will always find a way to escape the cul-de-sac underrates the sheer destructiveness, and narrowly avoided total collapse, that has been integral to the process up until now. The survivors and beneficiaries of the creative part are incapable of fully understanding the costs to the casualties of the destructive part, until they change places.