The article covers the forced politeness of the residents of Seattle, Washington in the context of the upcoming playoff game between the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. This line, to me, really says it all:
To Raban, the city's eagerness to legislate nice behavior suggests what he calls "the deep authoritarianism of the liberal mind." He added: "Liberals like to think they are on the side of liberty, but actually they are on the side of authority."It's pretty ironic, when you think about it. Today's lefties constantly hurl epithets like "fascist" and "Nazi" at conservatives, when in reality, it's the left constantly cramming new legislation down our throats regulating every aspect of our lives.
To be sure, there are religious conservatives on the right who advocate over-reaching legislation on morality issues. But it's generally not the right devising things like hate-crime (read; thought-crime) legislation or college campus rules muzzling non-PC speech.
Today's conservative (I refuse to use the "neo-con" label, but I'm willing to entertain the use of "neo-lib"), believes in free trade, limited government and equal opportunity (and responsibility) for all. We recognize there's no constitutional protection against being offended, and just want everyone to quit whining and assume responsibility for their own well-being. We believe the constitution guarantees us the freedom to pursue happiness, but that the attainment of it is our problem to solve, and not that of the government.
So tonight at happy hour, raise a glass and toast the dawning of the age of neo-liberalism.