Lawrence Auster kommentoi View From The Right sivustollaan valtavirtakonservatiivien ajattelun virheitä (28.4.2012): "I have frequently spoken of the conservatives’ error of thinking that liberals are being “hypocritical” or are using a “double standard.” This mistaken belief flows from the conservatives’ assumption that liberals share the conservatives’ universalist standard of justice—e.g., that anti-bullying means opposition to bullying as such, bullying committed by anyone, and against anyone. But in terms of liberals’ true beliefs, liberals do not have a double standard of the good, but a single standard: the good is the advance of liberalism, and the destruction of that which stands in the way of liberalism. In other words, liberals, far from sharing the conservatives’ all-American, universal sense of fairness and justice, have a leftist, class-warfare sense of “justice.” Mainstream conservatives are unwilling or unable to recognize this about liberals, because it would mean recognizing that the liberals have no common ground with the conservatives and therefore that the time for ordinary politics has passed. As I wrote recently, mainstream conservatism consists largely in covering up the radical nature of liberalism, because if we cease covering it up, the illusion that we are still living in the America we inherited from the past comes to an end, and, along with it, the basis of mainstream conservatism itself. ...
... if conservatives are to become truly effective opponents of liberalism, they need to understand that liberals do not share their universalist, nice-guy premises, but have a radically different set of beliefs.
In fact, conservatives’ refusal to recognize that liberals have a belief system that is radically antithetical to their own, is similar to, and emerges from the same source as, conservatives’ refusal to recognize that Muslims have a belief system that is radically antithetical to their own. In both cases, conservatives cannot recognize the truth, because it would mean that conciliation with liberals or with Muslims is not possible.
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