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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 11:40 AM

A simple critique of "liberalism" [View all]

There are many threads about the "dirty tricks" that Republicans/Conservatives use and lamenting as to why we liberals cannot answer back in kind. Certainly there are fighters within the Democratic coalition. Hillary Clinton is a fighter, AOC fights, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy III is very eloquent in his defense of liberal ideas, and there are many others.

Yesterday I responded to a post about how pundits, newscasters, and others were lamenting the "booing" and chanting of "lock him up" that Trump received last week. At his most recent rally a new chant of "lock her (Hillary) up" was started and as always, Trump encourages it. The poster drew the juxtaposition and hypocrisy. Here is what I said,

One of the critiques of "liberalism" it is ill equipped to deal with attacks from the right. This is because of the nature of liberalism. There is an inherent claim of neutrality, objectivity, tolerance, and openness within liberalism that is often exploited by the right. No such nature or claim exists on the right. The right is fighting for the dominance of the "traditional hierarchy" which is based on race, gender, religion, and wealth. Rich, White, Men, who are predominantly Christian (more specifically Protestant Christian) should be at the top.

Liberalism espouses that hierarchies "may exist" but that they should not necessarily be based on characteristics like race, gender, or other but on the merits of the individuals. This is often seen, especially from the left, as a flawed reasoning because of history and because of capitalism's natural tendency to concentrate wealth and distort opportunity.

Right wingers prey upon the sensibilities of liberals for a just and fair process, even though they have NO intention of ever following one. They scream about the "intolerant left" and how liberals don't care about people's rights and liberals always respond by trying to be "more objective" and "weighing both sides" of an argument.

This is something that needs to be worked on because right wingers are subverting the rules of the game to win. They cannot compete based on their ideas, because their ideas are horrid, so they compete on process, and they cheat, because to them power is the victory and they don't care how they achieve it.


I think that the fear that liberals have, including myself, is that if we abandon the process of "fairness" that we become just another side in the discussion and that if the process is meaningless, then new rules and processes have to be made. The thought from people left of liberalism is that liberalism IS just a side of the discussion and by not taking a stronger position, that it will always be at a disadvantage over the right.

So, what say you all?

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