June 12, 2007

Liberals

A liberal advocates favouring individual liberty, free trade and moderate political and social reform. Liberal politics, therefore, makes the implicit assumption that people are essentially ‘good’. The problem, in practice, is that when policies based on that premise fail, liberals maintain that though people are at root ‘good’, they are not so currently, and must therefore have been somehow poisoned with the opposite politics that liberals despise, and from which it is essential that they must be liberated. This is the story of the twentieth century that led to Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot and, currently, political correctness and feminism. ‘Liberals’ come to distrust humanity, but hang on to their ‘ideals’ through narcissism. Although, with experience, most liberals become conservatives. Hence the often observed truism that if you are young and not of the Left you are heartless, but if you are old and not of the Right you are stupid. Posted by Martin Sewell at June 12, 2007 11:47 AM