Tuesday, April 3, 2012
- The Flavor Of Liberal Kool Aid
Dennis Prager is one of those guys that I can usually take or leave. I have no major issues with his view, it's just that as a rule I find him marginally less persuasive than other conservative writers. Not so today though. Today, he's taken on what I think is my biggest beef with liberals - how they simply don't listen.
Theirs is a world where the self reinforcing arguments of liberalism are the only ones that count. Anything else is treated as heresy and ignored. In fact in my experience, once someone is willing to have an open mind the only thing that prevents them from taking on a conservative patina is stupidity. I have an old friend who calls himself a liberal atheist, but thanks to my arguments he now acknowledges the "ethics" of Christianity, has largely embraced the free market, and is convinced that government should be the arbiter of force and nothing else. Tom Friedman he isn't.
Anyway, I think Dennis is saying something very helpful here. He's putting more energy into preventing liberals from ignoring the other side of the argument. The benefits of that may only be long term, but in the end they can only help.