There are many soft-liberals for precisely that reason. Because a soft-liberalism -- a vague and gauzy feel-goodery, a brainless parroting of "nice" sentiments, an adherence to political correctness -- causes you few if any problems in social situations or work. It gets you a little cheaply-earned assent and praise, because so many other people are apathetic and soft-liberal and are similarly disposed to agreeing with nonsense.You don't have time to read all 200 comments, but you might, you might. Ace has clever commenters, harsher than he is. Sample, in a sub-discussion about what should Newsweek do going forward: #16 "They should just rename it Barry! and be done with it."
And meanwhile, departing from that soft-liberal line takes not only work -- you have to read up a bit on the conventional wisdom if you wish to dispute it, while it takes no reading at all to merely repeat the conventional wisdom -- but exposes you to social penalties, too. No one has to really "choose" to be a soft-liberal; it's the default setting, as it were, the industry standard for people who really don't care all that much.
Choosing to be a communist is Decision. And, similarly, choosing to be a conservative is a Decision. Choosing to be a strident, partisan liberal ideologue is also a decision (but an easier one, too, because it's only a few degrees removed from soft-liberal feel-goodery).
But choosing to be a soft-liberal and mouth empty platitudes? Easy as pie, and not one in 20 people is going to bother challenging you on those platitudes.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Why Newsweek Failed
Ace of Spades celebrates the collapse of Newsweek in a long but enjoyable essay. I have certainly complained about it here, especially in my Cultural Tribes comments. AoS is harsher, and thus more entertaining than I am.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 5:05 PM