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Liberalism Explained

Why is it so dif­fi­cult to talk with liberals?

Lib­er­als tend to feel more than think. They feel oth­ers’ pain. But they don’t feel con­ser­v­a­tives’ pain.

A col­lege class­mate recently posted a photo of a Nazi flag next to an Amer­i­can one as an exam­ple of her grow­ing con­cern about hate in the United States as a result of the elec­tion. I asked her where the photo was taken? She didn’t know. Who put up the Nazi flag? Did he or she vote for Trump? How many sim­i­lar exam­ples existed in the United States? Did she know that such a dis­play — although rep­re­hen­si­ble — was pro­tected under the First Amendment?

She told me she felt the pain of those fac­ing hate. I replied that it is dif­fi­cult to deter­mine whether hate crimes are increas­ing sig­nif­i­cantly and whether they are tied to Trump’s elec­tion. Ini­tial indi­ca­tions show that hate crimes are tied to ter­ror­ist attacks at home and abroad more than any other factor.

Lib­er­als change the issue when con­fronted with facts. A for­mer stu­dent who is a col­lege pro­fes­sor said that Don­ald Trump should not receive any credit for get­ting the Con­gress to back down from its deci­sion about changes in the ethics office. I noted his tweets that sug­gested Con­gress should address more press­ing issues. There­fore, I said, Trump should get some credit.

My for­mer stu­dent linked to a post from thinkprogress​.org, an unre­li­able left­ist web­site, that argued that vot­ers turned the tide by con­tact­ing their Con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives. You might know that Think Progress has a senior edi­tor who was wor­ried his plumber might have voted for Trump and could phys­i­cally attack him dur­ing a visit. See http://​free​bea​con​.com/​p​o​l​i​t​i​c​s​/​t​h​i​n​k​p​r​o​g​r​e​s​s​-​s​e​n​i​o​r​-​e​d​i​t​o​r​-​i​s​-​s​c​a​r​e​d​-​o​f​-​h​i​s​-​p​l​u​mber/

I pointed to an arti­cle from The Asso­ci­ated Press and a col­umn from The Wash­ing­ton Post that cred­ited Trump with caus­ing the onslaught of the vot­ers’ calls.

My for­mer stu­dent then argued that Trump should not get credit for sav­ing 700 jobs at Ford because it was Pres­i­dent Obama who saved the auto indus­try through a bailout. I missed the log­i­cal line from ethics to jobs, but that’s what lib­er­als do: change the argument.

Lib­er­als usu­ally think they are the smartest peo­ple in the room. When faced with a counter argu­ment, lib­er­als either raise their voices or show dis­dain rather than enter­ing into a seri­ous dis­cus­sion about an issue. Lib­er­als HATE dis­cus­sions, using a vari­ety of log­i­cal fal­lac­ies. Here is a use­ful site about log­i­cal fal­lac­ies — one I give to my stu­dents: https://​your​log​i​cal​fal​la​cyis​.com/

I con­fess that I was guilty of all of the above when I was a lib­eral. Many peo­ple would argue that I am still guilty of them as a con­ser­v­a­tive. Maybe so, but I think I am a whole lot bet­ter off than I used to be.


Christo­pher Harper is a long­time jour­nal­ist who teaches media law.

Why is it so difficult to talk with liberals?

Liberals tend to feel more than think. They feel others’ pain. But they don’t feel conservatives’ pain.

A college classmate recently posted a photo of a Nazi flag next to an American one as an example of her growing concern about hate in the United States as a result of the election. I asked her where the photo was taken? She didn’t know. Who put up the Nazi flag? Did he or she vote for Trump? How many similar examples existed in the United States? Did she know that such a display—although reprehensible—was protected under the First Amendment?

She told me she felt the pain of those facing hate. I replied that it is difficult to determine whether hate crimes are increasing significantly and whether they are tied to Trump’s election. Initial indications show that hate crimes are tied to terrorist attacks at home and abroad more than any other factor.

Liberals change the issue when confronted with facts. A former student who is a college professor said that Donald Trump should not receive any credit for getting the Congress to back down from its decision about changes in the ethics office. I noted his tweets that suggested Congress should address more pressing issues. Therefore, I said, Trump should get some credit.

My former student linked to a post from thinkprogress.org, an unreliable leftist website, that argued that voters turned the tide by contacting their Congressional representatives. You might know that Think Progress has a senior editor who was worried his plumber might have voted for Trump and could physically attack him during a visit. See http://freebeacon.com/politics/thinkprogress-senior-editor-is-scared-of-his-plumber/

I pointed to an article from The Associated Press and a column from The Washington Post that credited Trump with causing the onslaught of the voters’ calls.

My former student then argued that Trump should not get credit for saving 700 jobs at Ford because it was President Obama who saved the auto industry through a bailout. I missed the logical line from ethics to jobs, but that’s what liberals do: change the argument.

Liberals usually think they are the smartest people in the room. When faced with a counter argument, liberals either raise their voices or show disdain rather than entering into a serious discussion about an issue. Liberals HATE discussions, using a variety of logical fallacies. Here is a useful site about logical fallacies—one I give to my students: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

I confess that I was guilty of all of the above when I was a liberal. Many people would argue that I am still guilty of them as a conservative. Maybe so, but I think I am a whole lot better off than I used to be.


Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist who teaches media law.