Exploring the Happy Society.
Then what is the vice of centrists?
To support your point, Mill said that, 'although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative', while Alan Simpson, former Senator from Wyoming once said, 'We have two political parties in this country, the Stupid Party and the Evil Party. I belong to the Stupid Party.'In a similar veing, Chesterton wrote that 'the business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.'In my opinion, however, these claims apply more readily to political activists than to other citizens. For example, the most profound philosophers of the 20th century (Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Gadamer) and the most compelling literary artists of the past 100 years (Eliot, Joyce, Faulkner, Pound) were either uninterested in political life or hostile to liberalism.
Which raises the interesting question: is liberalism inherently middle-brow?
I find that my life follows the path described by Churchill (among others):Any man who is not a liberal at 20 has not heart; but it he is not a conservative at 50, he has no brain.
WOW! May I quote that?Shows you that pith, not length is oftentimes (usually?!) more important.Hh
Amen -- spread it to the four winds.(Though it is a little long for a bumper sticker ...)
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