Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Frum: Liberals and the Illiberal Left

   Apparently that Chait piece ("Not A Very PC Thing To Say") has caused quite a sensation. I reckon he's being called fifty different kinds of -ist on Twitter and Tumblr right now...
   Here's a good line, Frum quoting Josh Marshall:
One way—perhaps the best way—to demonstrate someone's lack of toughness or strength is to attack them and show they are either unwilling or unable to defend themselves—thus the rough slang I used above. … Someone who can't or won't defend themselves certainly isn't someone you can depend upon to defend you.
Not to put too fine a point on it, liberals need to punch back against the illiberal left. 
   First, of course, they have to recognize the illiberal left as illiberal...and that, as I've argued before, is something American liberals have a hard time doing. They're used to having all their guns pointed rightward. Many American liberals have no idea that there are equally illiberal--if not equally powerful--opponents to their left.


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