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The birth of liberal society and modernity in the Western world during the 18th century, like its gestation earlier, was the act of liberation from feudalism, medievalism and traditionalism overall as proto-conservatism, including the “Dark Middle Ages” defined and dominated by theology, religion and theocracy. The maturation and extension of liberal society and modernity in the Western world, except perhaps for America, and beyond at the threshold of the 21st century is the act, process or effort of liberation from neo-conservatism as the successor, revival or different designations of feudalism, medievalism and traditionalism generally. Liberal society and modernity in the Western world and beyond cannot be fully understood and explained without considering its relationship to, notably its liberation from, feudalism and other traditionalism, especially medieval theocracy, in the 18th century as well as neo-conservatism, including resurrected fundamentalism and bibliocracy, during the 21st century.

Keywords: liberal society; liberalism; modernity



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