Carnival of WIJF: Ace, on Progressivism
This Carnival is solely devoted to one of the best blog posts I've found in a long time. I was cruising around for a bunch of WIJF posts when I ran across a link on one of the primo entertaining blogs, Iowahawk.
I don't always agree with Ace of Spades, and I don't agree with all of his statements in today's selected post. He knows religion, and specifically understands evangelical Christianity although sometimes he sort of belittles it. That's his deal, which I don't quite get.
Also, his deal is he is a "professional blogger" now, having given up working for The Man and relocated to a less expensive living arrangement and now supports himself almost exclusively via the blog - which I also don't get, but in the sense I respect the heck out of him for managing to pull it off.
Plus he's a great writer and cultural critic, and very well educated besides. This post is evidence of the man's talent:
Because there is so much ego involved in the self-definition as progressive, the need for intellectual conformity becomes stultifying. For, if one can believe something different than you -- even if they are, on balance, progressive -- this represents a direct challenge to your own self-valuation as an intellectual worthy. Conservatives have sometimes heated debates about what the right position is, but they're not debates about whether or not someone is worthy or intelligent. Whether or not someone is a "good conservative" is sometimes argued, but that argument is not simultaneously about whether someone is a good human being. Lefitsts, sometimes by their own surprisingly honest self-admission, acknowledge that they are sometimes too eager to define and, worse still, enforce a group-mediated orthodoxy on the wider church, and excommunicate those who are deemed heretical.
Go read it all, it is well worth it.
One of the most beguiling phenomena of the modern age is the obviously intelligent liberal. That phrase, to conservatives, is a major contradiction in terms. But we all know it is a reality. Whether from the smart guys you read on the progressive Web sites or magazines, or the smart liberals you know personally, if you are a literate conservative you have wondered more than once, "How could this intelligent person make such statements?"
Drawing on an accurate understanding of human psychology and keen awareness of our leftist brethren, Ace's essay answers the question.
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