“Liberal vs. Conservative” Misstates the Conflict
In response to Dennis SanderÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s call for a conservative Euston Manifesto, Callimachus declares that there cannot be such a manifesto because there are no conservatives. We are all liberals now.
I completely agree that liberalism is the vastly dominant ideology of America and the rest of the West. George Bush, for all the spite he generates from the left, is a liberal. After all, only a liberal would believe so completely in mankindÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s inalienable right to freedom. Only a liberal would try so forcefully to change the world.
Liberalism is the American philosophy. We yearn for change. Yes, there is and has always been an element of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œletÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s keep it the way itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s always been,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? but from the loyalists to the segregationists, those people have continually ended up on the losing side of history. So, yes, Callimachus is right, weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re all pretty much liberals in the grand definition of liberalism.
But I think Callimachus is mistaken when he says the dichotomy has collapsed and, to paraphrase, weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re all just factions of the same philosophy fighting it out in the mud pits. The dichotomy is not and hasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t for a long time been liberal vs. conservative. The dichotomy is collectivist vs. individualist. And that conflict is alive and well.
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