Friday, March 19, 2004

Conflating Marx and Mill

Liberals don't have a problem with "false consciousness", and they don't have a problem with denying human nature, so why does Sock Thief think that they do?

The answer is in his constant use of the term "Left/Liberal"; he conflates the two as if they were interchangable, then tars both with the beliefs of the Marxists and postmodernist subsects. But it's not liberals who believe that "false consciousness" undermines democracy, or that the people must be led because they are too stupid to make their own decisions - it is Marxists and authoritarians. Likewise, it is not Mill and Berlin that lead to the gulags and killing fields, but Marx and Rousseau.