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Tuesday, May 03, 2005
 
Liberalism: Can it survive?
by Bonjo
About two months ago, a coworker dropped an article on my desk, where it has resided until today. The article, titled Liberalism: Can it Survive? is by John Leo and appeared in the March 7, 2005 issue of U.S. News and World Report.

Some highlights:
If Liberalism isn't dead, then why are autopsies performed so regularly?

[Liberalism's] fundamental value is that society should have no fundamental values, except for a pervasive relativism that sees all values as equal.

We are seeing the bitterness of elites who wish to lead, confronted by multitudes who do not wish to follow.

Liberals might one day conclude that while most Americans value autonomy, they do not want a procedural republic in which patriotism, religion, socialization, and traditional values are politically declared out of bounds. Many Americans notice that liberalism nowadays lacks a vocabulary of right and wrong, declines to discuss virtue except in snickering terms, and seems increasingly hostile to prevailing moral sentiments.
It's worth the time to read it, even if it takes you a month or two to find the time.

With that I return to my capitalist endeavors.
1 Comment(s):
Liberalism is definitely not dead!

As a matter of fact, most neo-cons might wish to deny it, but it has had such profound influences on society that most people assume it's always been there. Basic concepts of feminism (which neo-cons grudgingly accept now), civil rights, and liberal arts education persist long after "the fall" Leo claims.

It cracks me up how liberals and conservatives battle over who supports or doesn't support wars, when we all know there are such things as liberal hawks and conservative doves (as rationalrevolution rebuts ).

I think to ring the death knell of liberalism, one must understand all that entails. Liberalism is much more than politics, very much like conservatism, and has for better or worse, set the stage for neoconservatism.  

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