Thursday, February 28, 2008

The universal breakdown

The similarity between conservatives and liberals is that they both mistrust certain kinds of power in certain hands and want it controlled. The difference is that the liberal suspects even himself and his comrades of the potential for abuse of power but to the conservative, the culprit against whom rules and arms should be arrayed is always some "them".

In the end, all that separates the two brawling camps of any politics might be described either as false discriminations or as a failure of one party to recognize exactly how common our basic humanity is. The disjuncture is not precisely mutual and symmetric, sometimes far from it.

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