While at the Reagan Library last month, I picked up a book that I’ve been slowly reading for the past few weeks, Why I Am a Reagan Conservative. Some of the essays included are trite, but others are insightful, notably Peter Brimelow’s where he offers as much insight into liberalism as he does into conservatism:
. . . leftists do believe they derive their values from reason. Consequently, they are always getting into a state of hysteria if reason threatens to take them in some direction that they don’t, in their unexamined way, want to go.
This explains one of the characteristic sights of American debate: liberals in a moralistic snit. Liberals are always in a moralistic snit because their standard operating procedure makes no clear distinction between reason and morality. Everything they do and say is suffused by emotion, in an unstable and unpredictable way. Hence “political correctness” and the extraordinary range of American taboos familiar to all working journalists–for example, about race and gender.