I can easily identify the four values of conservatism, but I have never been able to understand what drives a liberal to think the way that they do. Note that this is not an argument about policy, but about philosophy.
Originally, the definition of liberalism meant the same as conservatism, but its modern definition resembles nothing of its former self. Liberals oppose the death penalty, but support abortion. They claim that race and ethnicity doesn’t matter and then ask for affirmative action. They support diversity of cultures, but not of ideas. Everything about their policy preferences seems either contradictory or hypocritical.
Finding anyone willing to name the values behind liberalism is extremely difficult. To figure this out I had to go back five years to an article written in Huffington post by Geoffrey R. Stone, a professor of law at the University of Chicago. I should point out that even though their slogan indicates that they want to “entertain” their readers, the Post is still considered a serious publication by the liberal community.
In his article, Stone identifies himself as a liberal and clearly outlines what he believes are the 10 values of modern day liberalism.
1. “Liberals believe individuals should doubt their own truths and consider fairly and open-mindedly the truths of others.”
As a conservative journalist, I have written countless times on the hypocrisy of liberals who claim to be open-minded, but seek to restrict speech.
2. “Liberals believe individuals should be tolerant and respectful of difference.”
Very similar to his first point, Stone yet again makes another hypocritical statement on what liberals believe. He then continues to say that supporting “the civil rights movement, affirmative action, the Equal Rights Amendment and the rights of gays and lesbians,” are consistent with this value.
As a conservative, I don’t see color, race or ethnicity. Our values are not prejudiced. If a liberal is supposed to be the opposite of a conservative on the ideological spectrum, then he is claiming that conservatives are intolerant of difference. I would love to introduce him to my multicultural conservative friends.
3. “Liberals believe individuals have both a right and a responsibility to participate in public debate.”
I’ve never met someone more skilled at deflection than a liberal. If liberals love to debate so much then why do they ask for safe space, or speech codes? Why do they ban speakers from coming to campuses? Why do they tell white people that they have to “check their privilege?” Why do they ask for “trigger warnings” if they can handle what we may say to them? Nice try Stone, moving on.
4. “Liberals believe ‘we the people’ are the governors and not the subjects of government, and that government must treat each person with that in mind.”
Are not liberals the ones advocating for more government regulation? Are they not the ones who support big government? Personally I support a small government which does its constitutional duties instead of trying to manipulate the economy, redistribute income or spy on the phone and data records of its citizens.
5. “Liberals believe government must respect and affirmatively safeguard the liberty, equity and dignity of each individual.”
If you really believe in dignity, then get rid of affirmative action. Right now all you are doing is saying that minorities are not able to get into good schools without a boost. You are literally claiming that they are less than a white person.
6. “Liberals believe government has a fundamental responsibility to help those who are less fortunate.”
Stone is clear here. He wants the government to take money from people who earned it and give it to people who have not. Conservatives differ because we don’t believe that there is anything moral about being lazy. We value achievement. Of course not all people who use social services are lazy, but to them I say—what do I owe you? What have you ever done for me?
7. “Liberals believe government should never act on the basis of sectarian faith.”
If you don’t want to say a prayer in school, then you don’t have to. Just don’t stop someone from expressing their religion while you allow Muslims to wear their hijabs to school.
8. “Liberals believe that courts have a special responsibility to protect individual liberties.”
Really? Just like that court of liberal justices in California that outlawed concealed carry?
9. “Liberals believe government must protect the safety and security of the people, for without such protection liberalism is impossible.”
That is really interesting coming from the same people like Bernie Sanders who are complaining that we spend too much money on the military. This is really getting old.
10. “Liberals believe government must protect the safety and security of the people, without unnecessarily sacrificing their constitutional values.”
The fact that this guy says “unnecessarily” shows that he is willing to circumvent your constitutionally protected rights for his preferred policy.
Re-posted from: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-moral-values-of-liberals