An interesting video distinguishing between Liberals and Leftists. Classic Liberalism of the 19th century variety has much in common with variants of modern American Conservatism. Liberalism in the twentieth century is a long tale of the interaction between it and its heresy, Leftism. Today that heresy tends to be swallowing up contemporary Liberalism, as Liberalism continues its long trek to the Left. My Conservatism owes much to Edmund Burke and the Founding Fathers, and those luminaries tend not to find much favor among either contemporary Leftists and Liberals as they become increasingly obsessed with issues of race and sex and demand a State strong enough to allow them to build the utopias they seek. Soon any distinction between Liberals and Leftists will become a matter of mere names, as old Liberals depart this vale of tears, at least until events lead to a revival of Liberalism in the unknown future.
I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked,
2 Timothy 3:2
Dennis Praeger has a brilliant post up at National Review Online in which he describes leftism as a subsitute religion:
Within mainstream Protestantism and Catholicism, the same dominance of leftist values exists. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — not to mention the Notre Dame faculty — largely holds the same social and economic views as the Democratic party and the New York Times editorial page, though it differs with the Left with regard to same-sex marriage, abortion, and religious-freedom issues such as those pertaining to Catholic hospitals and government-funded contraception. As for mainstream Protestant denominations, they, too, are largely indistinguishable from leftism. Proof? Ask a liberal Protestant minister to name one important area in which he and leftism differ. Ask a liberal Reform or Conservative rabbi the same question. Their silence will be telling.
The truth is that the Left has been far more successful in converting Jews and Christians to leftism than Christianity and Judaism have been in influencing leftists to convert to Christianity or Judaism.
Finally, leftism has even attained considerable success at undoing the central American values of Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum, supplanting liberty with egalitarianism, a God-based society with secularism, and E Pluribus Unum with multiculturalism. (I make this case at length in Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.)
This triumph of the 20th century’s most dynamic religion — leftism — is why, even in the midst of an ongoing recession, the leftist candidate may win. As I wrote in my last column, it’s not just the economy, stupid. Continue Reading