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The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away for expedience and by parts Edmund Burke No advance in wealth no softening of manners no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer George Orwell Justice For All Liberty For None Richard Rorty envisions an America that is vastly different from that of today The capitalist system with all of its inequalities will be replaced with the socialist principals of redistributing wealth to the poorer citizens Differences in religion society and partisan attitudes will be replaced by a civic religion that will enable citizens to have common outlook on issues Self-consciousness among citizens is to be replaced with a mutual respect and curiosity for others Rorty presents his ideas under the guise of pragmatism but one has to wonder if the damage to liberty that would be done in the name of social justice is indeed pragmatic Rorty seems to have a few central concerns about the nature of America in the present day Capitalism is perceived to be a failed system The growing dichotomy between rich and poor is leaving the poor in a state of disenfranchisement with very little political efficacy The small group of super-rich in Rortys view will soon control every aspect of the political process Rorty also believes that capitalism has failed to help all of the citizens Rorty does not see capitalism as a tide raising all boats rather he sees many getting left behind or falling through the cracks of the system According to Rorty one of the most prevalent reasons for the social and political injustice in America today is the lack of input from the intellectual left a group that Rorty describes as academics and professorial leftist 57 These elite are no longer concerned with economic and social equality In Rortys view the left has removed itself from political participation and now study only theory and concern
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