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Submitted by Leonard Boasberg (United States), Sep 2, 2005 at 15:57

Dear Daniel:
I quite agree with most of your comments on the supine behavior the Canadian Imperial Banks of Commerce and other corporations who yield to CAIR blackmail, but I take issue with one sentence you write:
"In political terms, the top personnel of most corporations are conservative but their appeasing behavior makes them structurally liberal."

Harry Truman was a liberal and John Kennedy was a liberal and Hubert Humphrey (to mention a few) were not appeasers. Neither am I.

Neville Chamberlain, to mention a classic case, was a conservative, and his name is synonymous with appeasement.

Logically, if conservatives behave in a certain way, the behavior is conservative. If, that is, you want to describe it in terms of liberal and conservative. I object to labelling conservative as good and liberal as bad. These generalities are meaningless, deceptive, stupid, the kind of thing one expects (and gets) from Rush Limbaugh and other rightwing bloviators and too many Republican partisans. It is unworthy of a distinguished scholar.

Yours very truly,

Leonard Boasberg
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Daniel Pipes replies:

I used the terms "liberal" and "conservative" in the context of current North American politics. By these lights, were John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey to retain their viewpoints of decades back and be around today, they would not be considered liberals. Nor is Neville Chamberlain a conservative in this context.

There are certainly exceptions today to the generalization that appeasing behavior is structurally liberal, but - sadly - they are just that, exceptions.

DP

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