Climate Change "protest" in DC ? pic.twitter.com/sgess9Tryw— Charles Edward Cheese, ESQ (@CECheeseESQ) September 24, 2019
Climate activists turning up the heat in front of the US Capitol. Roads remained closed, gridlock could last for hours. pic.twitter.com/iDl4Zq1Ncw— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) September 23, 2019
It has been a few days since David French told The New Yorker that Drag Queen Story Hour was a “blessing of liberty.” He is back today to insist that “conservative liberalism” amounts to more than liberalism and that a healthy culture can coexist with this toxic social order.
“Yes, I know, the last thing you wanted to read today was another entry in the right’s liberalism wars. But I can’t help myself. Someone was wrong on the Internet, and I feel compelled to respond. Earlier today Sohrab Ahmari tweeted some thoughts that perfectly encapsulated my frustrations with at least some of the contemporary right-wing critiques of classical liberalism. …
Classical liberalism is the frame, the structure through which a pluralistic society makes competing arguments for the common good and the Highest Good. … It is no coincidence that intolerance thrives when the marketplace of ideas withers.
Note as always the symbiotic relationship between liberty and responsibility. Win the liberty and then exercise that liberty virtuously and courageously. I’ve never met a classical liberal who is only a classical liberal. …”
French believes that he is being strawmanned.
I’m not merely a classical liberal! I’m also an evangelical Christian! Your vision of the Highest Good is free to compete in the neutral marketplace of ideas on Facebook and YouTube with Drag Queen Story Hour! You have a responsibility to promote your ideas under these conditions!
Classical liberalism is at bottom a critique of the Old Regime. The overall effect of its cherished values – freedom, equality, individualism, tolerance, rights and so forth – is to weaken and dissolve the social order. Over a long enough period of time, it will poison, erode and destroy any culture in which it becomes the framework of a “pluralistic society.” The host culture on top of which classical liberalism and free-market capitalism is imposed lacks the means and authority to defend and sustain itself.
In the long run, the churn of the open society of classical liberalism and free-market capitalism will grind away the solidarity and cohesion that is the basis of nations and will leave behind nothing in its wake but a miserable society of deracinated consumers, blue haired lesbians, mulattoes and economic migrants. It is the nature of the system itself that inexorably lurches in this direction.