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Peter Vierech, RIP

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The New York Times has an obit, which quotes from Vierech’s 1956 “The Unadjusted Man”:

“The liberal sees outer, removable institutions as the ultimate source of evil; sees man’s social task as creating a world in which evil will disappear. His tools for this task are progress and enlightenment. The conservative sees the inner unremovable nature of man as the ultimate source of evil; sees man’s social task as coming to terms with a world in which evil is perpetual and in which justice and compassion will both be perpetually necessary. His tools for this task are the maintenance of ethical restraints inside the individual and the maintenance of unbroken, continuous social patterns inside the given culture as a whole.”

I am going to watch The Corner today for posts about Professor Vierech, whom the Times sets up as a sort of anti-Buckley in the long-ago days.

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