Pragmatism and humility based on the harsh facts of nature and on the aesthetic character of our social fictions are consistent with the overall philosophy I'm exploring in my writings.

This only skirts the issue of libertarianism, though, since the libertarian would be free to say that if the stories of our liberty are just fictions, those who like those stories should be allowed to try them out, regardless of the consequences.

The questions are how society should be organized, and which fiction is most honourable or aesthetically great in light of our existential predicament.

Of course, libertarians aren't generally so humble in the first place. They think they have rational arguments to prove their liberty-based human rights and the excellence of the free market. They don't think they're just telling stories or that libertarianism is just a tool that should be used only to the extent that it works. On the contrary, when the free market fails, the libertarianism is quick to double down on her principles and to demand for even less government intervention.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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