".. Liberals believe in
the utter plasticity of human nature,
in the avoidability of evil
through education and change of institutions,
in a happy historical future.
that politics consists of “problems” to which one can find “solutions,”
that all “truths” are relative (unless it's one of their dogmas)
that distinctions between men are politically irrelevant,
that social hierarchies are always bad,
that the government is obligated to guarantee to everyone
food, shelter, clothing, education,
security against unemployment, disease, and want."
A nice summary, in Gerhart Niemeyer's review of Burnham. of a "self-constructed dreamworld, which one is determined to accept as if it really existed."
Liberals feel guilty at the thought of any condition of wretchedness, anywhere... This vulnerability, and his peculiar sense of guilt, so often breeds in the Liberal a generalized hatred of Western civilization and his own country.The classic example: in all the years since 9/11, I have heard from them only a ritualized and rather muted disapproval of Islamic violence against us, but when it comes to evil icons like George Bush, or Republicans or The Religious Right, or Corporate America or "racists", the bile easily spews forth in torrents. When I make a test and offer a criticism of America, they always join in and ramp it up. Never a defense. Never. As Nick Cohen admitted,
Accepting that fascism is worse than western democracy, even western democracies governed by George W Bush and Tony Blair, sounds very easy in theory, but it is very difficult to do in practice when you are a habitual enemy of the status quo in your own country.”
The cover to Kenneth Minogue's Pure Theory of Ideology, where he points out the character of ideology as a religious revelation:Bewitch, accurate enough, also made me think of hypnotize and trance.
The term “ideology” can cover almost any set of ideas, but its power to bewitch political activists results from its strange logic. It is part philosophy, part science, and part spiritual revelation, all tied together in leading to a remarkable paradox—that the modern Western world, beneath its liberal appearance, is actually the most systematically oppressive system of despotism the world has ever seen.
As my friend Rosamonde Miller often says, "An idea is something you have, an ideology is something that has you."