Here, in a nutshell, is liberals’ problem. On one hand, they know, with all the passion coursing through their minds and bodies, that they don’t like conservatism, which they regard as irrational, uncivil, hateful, exclusionary, selfish, mean, and, in a word, anti-equality. On the other hand, liberals don’t believe in objective standards, because if objective standards exist, then some behaviors, people, and cultures are objectively better than other behaviors, people, and cultures, which would also be anti-equality. But since the liberals don’t believe in objective standards, on what basis do they condemn irrationalism, incivility, hatred, exclusionism, selfishness, and inequality? They can do so only on the basis of feelings, feelings which cannot be rationally justified. The absence of a rational basis for passionately held liberal positions gives birth to liberal irony and parodox, which appear to have been abundantly on display at the Jon Stewart rally yesterday in Washington, as Paul of Powerline, who was there, explains:
The signs were the tip-off to the incoherence of the enterprise—a rally to end the immoderate madness by labeling partisans (at least those on the opposite side of the spectrum) insane. Some signs heaped ridicule on conservatives, while others called for civility. Some were premised on the supposed intellectual superiority of its holder; others were intentionally stupid. Only a few spoke to substantive issues. Very, very few mentioned President Obama.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 31, 2010 06:23 PM | Send