Philo at The View From Alexandria writes a great tome that describes why, as I have noted in the past, that arguing with a liberal is like shoveling sand with a pitchfork.
That’s why most liberals can’t conduct political discussions at a very high level. They have no one to read who can give them an intellectual foundation for their political views. They therefore have no way to justify their claims that taxes on the wealthy are too low, or that health care, or contraceptives, or anything else ought to be provided as a matter of right, or that our current welfare system is too stingy, etc. Still less do they have any theoretical basis on which rest foreign policy decisions.
It is very, very good…and I think, quite accurate.
Even the title of “liberal” is antithetical.
I have always thought it more than a bit of a conundrum that they seek freedom through more restrictions on behavior, equality through unequal treatment (such as confiscation and redistribution of wealth), individual liberty through command and central control, democracy through rule by a sovereign (governance by “experts” through a massive and entrenched bureaucracy) and seek to eliminate discrimination by discriminating.
The logic behind contemporary liberalism is self-defeating. It is rule by a nanny who can’t (or won’t) say “no” the the loudest and worst behaved children. She only wants them to be quiet as she goes about knitting a sweater that nobody really wanted in the first place…but she knows how to answer the emotional appeals of the whining, aggrieved chattering classes – she will take some of your lollipops and grind them to dust and re-form them to give to the screaming children. Since she can’t take enough (if she takes too much of yours, you will start crying, too), she stretches the mix by adding a little salt. The result is a batch of lollies that is a little less sweet and not quite as good – but the wailing little children are placated with their new treats – at least until they realize that your lollipops are still sweeter than theirs and they start up again in a never ending cycle.