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Monday, July 05, 2004

Three Types of Liberals

Being that I am somewhat busy today, I thought I would post a couple of pieces that I have written in the past. The first comes with a qualification (for those that are nitpicky about these sorts of things): I use the term "liberals" in its modern American interpretation, not the classical meaning of the word and I could have easily substituted the word "leftist."

Three Types of Liberals

As a libertarian (small l, not a member of the LP), I find myself in agreement with many of the views of liberals. However, very rarely are those views arrived at by the same reasoning and even more seldom are the solutions to problems seen to be the same. For this reason, I have decided to take a good look at the different types of liberals. As far as I can tell, liberals generally fall into 3 basic categories (with some overlap): ignorant, lazy, and evil.

The first type is those that I consider ignorant, i.e. lacking knowledge, not stupid. They are easily the most likeable of the liberals and all of my liberal friends fall into this category. These are the ones who actually believe that the policies they advocate are for the good of mankind. They are truly interested in making the world a better place and in many cases do. You will find an abundance of these liberals working for NGOs such as the Peace Corps.

The problem with this group is that they fail to see the existence of the other two groups. They think that everyone espousing their ideas does so out of the same concern for others that they themselves have. Sadly, this is not the case. They do not understand or realize that there are those whose only goal is to use the power of the larger government that they advocate for personal gain at the expense of the very people they purport to help. The “Ignorants” are also usually under the misguided notion that the only way to help people is through the government and that anyone who does not believe this is mean and uncaring. For one reason or another, they refuse to admit that human suffering concerns other political groups just as much as it concerns liberals and that more often than not, the very things they advocate tend to exacerbate the problem rather than solve it.

The second type of liberal is a truly despicable one, the lazy liberal. This type is fairly self-explanatory. They are the ones calling for more government programs so that they can continue to sponge off of the hard work and efforts of others. They are constantly looking for more ways to leach off of government programs and private charity. They fiercely fight against all efforts of government reform and are not above using race baiting and other such deplorable tactics to achieve their goals. In this aspect, they are very similar to the evil liberals. This group has absolutely no regard for the effects of their actions so long as they can continue suckling from society’s teat.

The last group is by far the most clever and the most dangerous category. The evil liberal is the one who knows full well that true equality and a better world can not be achieved by bloated government bureaucracy, yet uses government programs as a means to an end, namely keeping themselves in a position of power. They know they can manipulate the other two groups into voting for them by making promises of increased government handouts. They unscrupulously use this knowledge to gain as much power as possible over any and everything they manage to gain control of these. They are willing to sacrifice anyone they can to keep this power, especially those they are supposedly helping.

No matter which category they happen to fall into, the liberals all have a few things in common. They espouse nonsensical big government solutions to most problems. They have absolutely no qualms about forcing those whose views are different to comply with liberal wishes and they are willing to use other people’s stolen money to achieve their goals.


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