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Harvey on Freedom and Humanity

From Barry Harvey’s latest, Can These Bones Live?

Ensnared by stunted imaginations and unfettered appetites, we still routinely confuse having a plethora of choices with being free. (17)

In place of shared patterns of judging human behavior and relationship that allow people to determine what they can reasonably do and say together to foster a just and equitable common life and language, the ruling regime of nation-states and global markets offers political discourse that is dominated by the marketing slogans and sound bites, and the calculation of short-term advantages, which are incapable of sustained deliberations about the basic conditions of our humanity. (18, in discussion of Rowan Williams’s reflections on secular body politic. See Lost Icons.)

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