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Saturday, July 23, 2005

More Thought On The Leftist/Liberal Labels

Andrew "Skip" March weighs in on the Leftist/liberal/conservative labelling spawned by Allen Gorin's post below:

This thoughtful and thought provoking piece by Allen Gorin speaks to important distinctions in political, cultural, economic thought and discourse and how we must be carefully conscious of these distinctions for our own discovery and understanding. I for one will be more so...thank you Allen.

My own ever evolving thoughts are as follows:

Liberalism is ideological in nature with a core set of principles focused on human and civil rights and a belief in a larger, stronger, central government to promote and sustain those principles. Liberalism is not rigid in nature and therefore liberals will thoughtfully engage in discussion and debate. Leftism is more political in nature, not with a core set of values, but rather with focus on the struggle of the Haves and Have Nots and a reliance on divisiveness as a strategy. In the US this strategy embraces such tactics as gender, class, race, economic, age warfare. It is rigid, closed minded and rife with bias largely because leftists will not engage.

This is not unlike conservatism and right wing, particularly ante-Buckley (William F.). Conservatism also has a core set of principles, not unlike liberalism. A major difference is a belief in less central government involvement in the promotion of those principles. The right wing will also rely on a strategy of divisiveness and fear as did and does the John Birch Society, right-wing militia and supremist groups, etc. It was not until W.F. Buckley finally articulated that core set of principles that the conservative movement began to move from being identified with and in large part populated with these groups and societies. The Taft-Wing of the Republican Party was the exception to that conservative/right wing identity.

This is not to say that there is not overlap and gradations (liberal/left, conservative/right). We are dealing with people after all. However it is most useful to make and understand these basic distinctions so that we do not confuse issue positions, people's positions and motivations as well as for our own self understanding. We do not want to morph into something we are not nor into positions or attitudes that are not consistent with who we are as individuals.

As for Professor(?) Newman's position, I believe Mr.Gorin effectively tore that apart. My only comment is that Newman needs to brush up on historical references......no actually to get a clue. The Berlin Wall was built to prevent people from escaping the tyranny and destruction of communism. The Israeli Security Fence means to protect Israel ad its people from tyranny, destruction and death. This is not hard to figure out.

Again thank you Allen.....

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