Hey all, we’re just going to dive straight in today because there’s a lot of ground I’m going to try to cover.
Last time we defined “liberalism” and “common life.”
“Liberalism” is a social order premised on the idea of individual autonomy, a right to self-definition that cannot be justly violated.
“Common life” meanwhile is a general term for the various ways of living that groups of people develop and share with one another. So liberalism would be what you could call a very thin theory of common life. We’re trying to develop a more robust theory in this newsletter-and I’m trying to also do the same work in a number of other projects, most notably over at Mere Orthodoxy and in coming out next month.