We should be asking ourselves a very basic question. What do we find more useful and interesting, our own opinions or different opinions? Many people find different opinions to be useful and interesting, which may be why there are more independent voters than Democrats or Republicans.

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Liberalism doesn’t yield the perfect world that the ‘woke’ left demands. Hence liberalism has to go. Like it or not, but the ‘woke’ are the Brownshirts of our time. Liberalism didn’t produce the perfect world that the Nazis (and Maoists and Stalinists, etc.) demanded. So of course, it had to go.

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May 24Liked by Richard V Reeves

Marvelous! And necessary

Nice reminder of Mill’s thoughtful reflections on custom

And as to the neo-theocrats like Vermeule, though they have not the intellectual honesty to so describe themselves, I am solidly with Mr Toad as against the stoats and weasels, “Whack ‘em and whack’em and whack ‘em”

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May 26·edited May 27

We must adopt an attitude of embracing all diversity (whether ethnic, race, sex, national, etc.), including diversity of ideas, perspectives, and worldviews. Simply put, we must take one another at face value if we wish to most peacefully co-exist. We might take our cue from the inspirational words of John Stuart Mill as he sets forth the essential principle of civil liberty:

"The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil in case he do otherwise."

By limiting our interference in the liberty of our fellow person through a practical calculation of harms resulting from such social crimes, we essentially affirm the autonomous value of every single one of our members, and consequently our very selves...

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