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Drift from moderation to extreme....

Reader comment on item: The Demon in Liberalism

Submitted by Aaron (United States), Aug 1, 2019 at 19:20

I don't really disagree with the thrust of the argument made in this article, but I do think it is incomplete. First, I think that all ideologies, including conservatism, can slip from moderation to extremism and I think this is what has happened to these so-called liberals. Their liberalism is the cheese sliding ever further left off their cracker and as a self-described liberal myself I don't wish to be grouped with them any more than a conservative wants to be grouped with right-wing yahoos.

Second, I think that this has happened—largely since the Second World War—because so many conservative ideas could be linked to fascism in the way this article links liberalism with its more extreme cousins. In doing so it undermines the moderates and this is dangerous. Despite being a liberal, I can plainly see that the West is in desperate need of a moderate conservative opposition. Having both, or multiple, sides represented is what keeps the proverbial cheese on the cracker. Otherwise it tilts to one side or the others things go crazy.... ;)


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