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.
“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: