“...since they WILL NOT or CANNOT think about their underlying contradictory assumptions...”
This is the point in a nutshell. Liberals have invested so much in their stance, that it is impossible for them to admit they’re wrong. They don’t have the emotional maturity to do so.
great article and links in posts.
Liberalism gives passionate, angry expression to all of these and proposes solutions that are irrational and vengeance seeking, which appeals to a lot of people. Liberalism is like a surreal dream where nothing makes sense but everything is compelling. Liberalism takes legitimate concerns and moral feelings, and then goes too far. Liberalism is moral anxiety untempered by wisdom.
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Postmodernist liberals approach to restructuring society calls forchallenging power on a day-to-day level. Lyotard suggests we gnaw away at the great institutionalized narrative apparatuses... by increasing the number of disruptive skirmishes that take place on the sidelines." Such as:
pick a quarrel with your conservative neighbor;
refuse to buy a certain brand of condensed milk;
surf the net at work;
sell pirated copies of CDs;
buy fake designer labels;
celebrate fragmentation, diversity, and deviancy;
teach a safe sex course in church or school;
turn vices into virtues;
make the abnormal normal;
legalize same-sex marriage;
praise the concept of a living Constitution;
subscribe to MTV;
attend art exhibits by Andy Warhol, a Madonna concert, a performance of the V-Monologues;
view X-rated movies;
protest Christian prayer in government schools;
support the A.C. L.U;
label Christians and conservatives as right-wing religious fanatics or Fascists;
support the Green Party;
protest under Godin the Pledge;
remove In God We Trust from U.S. money;
support all tax increases;
publicly burn your fur coat;
drink French wine;
help an illegal alien across the border;
keep Intelligent Design out of the schools;
join the anti-globilization protests;>
These can all be viewed as valuable as disruptive skirmishes in the social system by postmodernist liberals.
There is indeed some hypocrisy among conservatives, as evidenced some on FR, and that we all practice in some ways. For my money conservatism is rationally assuming, and insisting on, personal responsibility to the most comprehensive levels, e.g. behavior, respect for others, health care, retirement, blah, blah.
In that light Leftism is clearly exposed.
The drug thing is a nice issue for discussing such.