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Aaron Lercher

Is the question whether liberal theorists can accommodate urgent fears and longing? Or whether liberals in political practice can do so?

Liberal theorists, it seems to me, work on that with some success. Their task is to show how these difficult emotions, drives, and aspirations can be transformed into something in the lives of (ideally) rational and freedom-loving citizens.

Then, maybe the problem is that practical liberals don't show the work involved in this transformation, if they only speak to the more rational side of citizens, without reenacting the transformation. In societies that engage in "psychoanalysis in reverse," we need to engage in something like psychoanalysis, but in the right direction. How can that be done?

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