On Being a Political Atheist in a World of Statist Theocrats

I often think of myself as the equivalent of an atheist living in early modern Europe, with the neoliberal Center assuming the role of the Catholic Church in the sense of holding near-total intellectual and institutional hegemony; the Left assuming the role of Protestantism as a rising revolutionary force; and the Right assuming the role of Eastern Orthodox or Muslims, a conservative sector despised by the Center. Maybe I would be somewhere between the Diggers and the Levellers in terms of political affiliation, but closer to Hobbes in terms of philosophical outlook. Hobbes seems to me to have been a dude who looked around and saw a world full of idiots and said, “Okay, how do we make the best of this?”

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