A liberal who proves the traditionalist description of liberalism

Looking for a liberal who justified blaming the Tucson mass murder on conservatives, Mark Richardson at Oz Conservative found a liberal writer who perfectly confirms Richardson’s own analysis of liberalism, namely that it aims at reconstructing humanity on the basis of absolute individual autonomy. Liberalism does this by progressively downgrading and destroying all collective identities—such as religion, nationality, ethnicity, race, sex, species—which limit our individual autonomy. Of course the liberal writer, named Clarissa, warmly supports this development. Furthermore, she explains modern violence, such as the Tucson mass murder, as the reaction of conservatives who feel “intimate terror at encroaching modernity” and lash out when they feel that their respective collective identities are threatened. In other words, violence is the angry reaction of anti-modern conservatives against liberalism.

Which raises the question: what was Jared Loughner’s collective identity which he felt was threatened by modernity, and in defense of which he walked up to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and shot her point black in the head and then proceeded to shoot 19 other people and was reloading his gun with another magazine to shoot another 20 or 30 people when he was wrestled to the ground and forcibly constrained? The Brotherhood of Coherent Dreamers?

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 12, 2011 04:30 PM | Send

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