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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Brian C. Anderson on liberal argument

"Racist," "homophobe," "sexist," "mean-spirited," "insensitive" — it has become an ugly habit of left-liberal political argument to dismiss conservative ideas as if they don't deserve a hearing, and to redefine mainstream conservative views as extremism and bigotry. A sympathetic old-media regime has allowed liberals to get away with this tendency to argue by invective, rather than to debate ideas seriously, and it has sheltered them from recognizing just how shopworn their ideas have become. The rise of the new Right-friendly media . . . has made this illiberal, politically correct tendency even more hysterical and strident, since it is forcing liberals to defend their positions, something many have little experience with, resent deeply, and — often enough — do poorly. It has also rendered the demagoguery far less effective. The truth can now get out.

(Brian C. Anderson, South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias [Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2005], 17)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm... I agree that it's never a good idea to attack an argument solely on the basis of anything other than whether or not it corresponds to reality. People would do well to engage the actual arguments than merely dismiss them out of hand as "insensitive" or "bigoted." It reminds me of a passage from one of C.S. Lewis's books:

Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily "true" or "false," but as "academic" or "practical," "outworn" or "contemporary," "conventional" or "ruthless." Jargon, not argument, is your best ally...


Sun Nov 18, 03:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger mAc Chaos said...

Hey, I like The Screwtape Letters, too.

Sun Nov 18, 03:42:00 PM EST  

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