I'm wondering if I'm to be banned from commenting at Donklephant. First, I responded to a post earlier today, but my attempt at a follow-up disappeared.
O.K. The Internet is a tricky place and sometimes weird stuff happens.
However, I just tried to comment on this thread and *poof* my comment disappears again.
If what I think is happening is happening its a nice "centrist" thing to do.
Anyway...what I attempted to follow up on was this comment by Alan:
Equality is the central tenant of liberalism. Universal health care. Affirmative action. Gay rights. Welfare. Minimum wage. Labor laws. Hate speech laws. Progressive taxation. They’re all attempts to equalize us.
I wrote (and luckily I copied it in case of another "accident"):
I teach a "Political Ideologies" course and as such I'm a stickler about some of the terminology.
"Equality is the central tenant of liberalism."
In terms of the political ideology this is assuredly wrong. Liberalism is about maximizing freedom (thus the Latin root "liber"). Maximizing "equality" is, and always has been, a central tenet of socialism. (Which is different than communism...you seem to use the terms interchangeably).
"Universal health care. Affirmative action. Gay rights. Welfare. Minimum wage. Labor laws. Hate speech laws. Progressive taxation. They’re all attempts to equalize us."
And, thus, not particularly "liberal."
Now, this distinction matters. For example, John Stuart Mill has always been classified as a liberal, but he would be horrified at the notion of "hate speech laws"...and rightfully so, as they are completely illiberal. That such laws are termed "liberal" in our weird world Mill would view as grotesque.
What is amazing about our society is there is no longer a popular term to apply to someone who values human freedom above all else.
Is says something unpleasant about the drift of our society.
And drifting it surely is.
(Believe it or not, any irony was completely unintentional.)
Alan from Donklephant has kindly written me to let me know that their comment filter has been acting up. I'm glad to hear it because I, for one, enjoy good natured argumentation...even when, or especially when, I get worked up about it.