Josh Corey points toward the social ethos of poetry from a completely different angle. Appreciate his note on the Angus Fletcher & Buck-Morss books.

Although I don't think I share much political ground with him, he does articulate connections between aesthetic & social issues, on a conceptual basis of conscience or consciousness.

What I tend to feel suspicious about is the whole stream of "bien pensant" intellectual leftism. Its critiques come, sometimes anyway, with what seems to me an unaffordable cost : so much of the normative social, civil, legal foundations of liberal-capitalist society get judged & condemned as "dystopic", in order to construct the intellectual-critical utopias, the enlightened-avant communities, which are meant to replace them.

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