We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Liberals are not idiots. They’re just like you were when you first moved out of your parents’ house. It’s like their research is cryogenically frozen right before Google was invented. However, unlike extremist Muslims and Hasidic Jews, some of the things they believe are actually correct.
The problems with the liberal approach to problems do not lie in the goals they profess to seek, but their insistence on achieving them in very specific ways, their adamant denial that any other method will work, and their invariable habit of claiming that anyone who questions their proposed methods are four-square against the goal.
To a large degree, the goals they profess are window-dressing, and this is most obvious when they endorse methods that have failed at every attempt.
For instance: Their preferred method of ensuring that the poor have the good things in life is some form of government largess. The fact that our poor are as poor as ever, in spite of fourteen-digit spending, does not deter them, and anyone who says that there is a better way to feed the poor is accused without evidence, of wanting the poor to starve.
Or: Their preferred method of bringing peace to the world is for the unilateral disarmament of anyone who can be pressured to do so. We now know that the Soviet Union planned to attack the West in the event that the peace activists' goals were achieved, but this revelation has fallen on deaf ears, and anyone who objects to defense spending cuts is still denounced as someone who wants to wage indiscriminate warfare.
The truth about hard liberals appears to be that the means they espouse are, in fact, their goals. They want big government not as a means to an end, but as an end in itself. Socialism has killed more people than all of the world's other ideologies put together, but that does not deter them. They believe society should be run by a centralized all-powerful government, even if it kills us.
I'm noticing that a lot of these ten just feel wrong to Macinnes, and his arguments lack power beyond that.
I'd say that's the first problem right there. Yes, it does feel wrong that people should own machine guns or that food portions are too large, but the question is always "Is the solution more damaging than the problem?"
Assistant VIllage Idiot