(He also won't take the bait when asked if his Much Ado can make Shakespeare "cool." "Yeah, yeah, and can you make Beethoven melodic, you arrogant prick?")
I’ve often described the Western as the philosophical genre par excellence, because it depicts a world in which social functions that modern society treats bureaucratically and abstractly are realized physically and immediately, as in the early chapters of Plato’s “Republic,” where Socrates creates the “city in speech” from nothing. Libertarians are nostalgic for the Wild West, for a world of first-person action and for a society that seems radically cut off from the world—a kind of City on the Hill that looks to itself alone for physical, moral, and cultural sustenance.
Ron Paul and the Paradoxes of Freedom
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