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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Fri Sep 3, 2021, 01:47 PM

3. It is a fatal flaw in liberalism, unfortunately.

Something that maybe able to be fixed but which will challenge "liberal thought".

The right uses liberalism against liberalism. Part of the ideology is "empiricism" meaning that knowledge is typically acquired by testing. The best ideas will usually end up at the "top" or accepted as what should be. The underlying assumption is that discussion, debate, and decisions will be had in "good faith" and the ideas that persuade people most will be adopted.

That is not how the right does things. They use the concepts and cry "foul" when their ideas are called out for being destructive, discriminatory, etc... (which they are). When they cry foul, liberals tend to react to the attack on their "objectivity" by ... listening and giving the right a chance to explain.

The right doesn't explain. They cheat. They cheat, then they cheat some more. They only use the concepts of "free speech", "tolerance", and "market place of ideas" as entry points to try to frame the narrative.

Ian Danskin says it better than I can.

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