Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Against Dogmatic Politics: Liberalism (Part 2)

What is equally detestable to crazed conservatism is radical liberalism. Liberalism is a newer political movement in the United States. One could argue that some of its virtues involve strong anti-war opinions, rights for women, equality of persons, and environmental protection. Moreover, many liberals claim that the government should provide programs to help America's needy.

There is nothing wrong with these virtues. However, just like many right-wing conservatives, doctrinaire liberals seem to uphold these trademark views for the sole sake of coherence. Many of them find comfort in a political identification and will intellectually tire themselves in order to take pride in the label.

An example will suffice. Recently, I got into a discussion with a social liberal of Facebook. The topic had to deal with the recent Miley Cyrus performance on the MTV Music Awards. His argument was that Miley Cyrus acted in a racially demeaning manner because of her style of dance. He said that the moves disrespected people of color by "stealing" their moves from them. The conclusion was based on the assertion that African Americans deserve some sort of respect and reparations for the crimes committed against them.

I cannot even start to explain the ridiculousness of his argument. I was dumbfounded and embarrassed on his behalf. Miley Cyrus acted in a racist manner because she danced like a black woman? The point is, liberals sometimes take their beliefs to the extreme and become extremely paranoid about human rights infringements when there is little or no justification for such alarm. I have experienced this type of thing first hand at Webster University, which is enthusiastically liberal for the sake of fitting in with everyone else.

To conclude these two blogs about dogmatic politics, it is necessary to provide some words of caution to those who consider themselves strictly conservative (or republican) or liberal (democrat). When one abides to a label, one is in danger of thinking in such a way to conform to that designation. It is safer to take each issue of politics single-handedly instead of resigning to a political party.

Link to Against Dogmatic Politics: Conservatism (Part 1)

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