Economic and cultural liberalism

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It is, incidentally, no accident that these two parallel and complementary versions of liberal ideology—a (left-wing) version that emphasizes law, and another (right-wing) version that emphasizes the market—start from the same metaphysical fiction: the anthropologically absurd notion of “naturally independent” individuals (fully humanized even before the existence of language and society) who “entirely own themselves,” and who, in the final instance, act only to “maximize their utility.” This is, in short, one of those “unimaginative conceits of the eighteenth-century” (the “isolated hunter and fisherman, with whom Smith and Ricardo begin”) that Marx took pleasure in deriding as “Robinsonades.”

- Jean-Claude Michéa, from an illuminating interview