A lesson leaks out for the censorious Left: Embrace open debate, because sometimes you're wrong

A lesson leaks out for the censorious Left: Embrace open debate, because sometimes you're wrong


Conservatives make a common error when fighting today’s Left: We point out that they are violating time-honored norms of America, the West, and the free society, such as religious toleration, freedom of speech, or media impartiality — as if they cared about those norms.

You can no more refute an argument from a radical through appeals to classical liberalism than you can critique a modern artist through appeals to classical rules of composition.

Yes, exactly, they will say if they’re being honest. We’re not playing by your rules.

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“Social democracy is not classical liberalism,” as one leftist put it a few years back. “It does not place the individual above all. It does not value process over outcome. It does not imagine a politics w/out … raw power. It doesn’t assume rules are handed on from high.”

The “process” rejected by today’s Left are the traditional rules of fair play in our culture:

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