Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Free thinking and slavery

There are grounds on which liberalism can be criticised and the same goes for the invasion of Iraq but Peregrine Worsthorne's combination of the two must be one of the most bizarre arguments I have ever seen.

Getting older, more conservative and bad-tempered as I am, it seemed to begin reasonably enough. Shrieking me-first rightism is damaging the social structure on which our liberties depend? A commonplace conservative argument that I have a growing sympathy for. Fetishising meritocracy? Preaching to the choir, as far as I'm concerned; I never liked the idea of equal rights to pass by on the other side. But then he came to the invasion of Iraq...

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