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Friday, December 26 2003

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

'Silence is consent'

Some retrospection on the 12-part series comparing today's conservatism and liberalism, concluded on Monday. It's been disappointing that though the series was the result of considerable controversy on our email list between the two camps in the middle of November, and the first of the 12, containing my complete table of comparisons between them continued to elicit strong reactions, after that the controversy died away. Though there were several resignations from the list during that period, none of those resigning had been participants in the debate. All of which makes me conclude that one of three conditions came to bear on the fact that the extended series of articles became less and less debated.

1. The first and most attractive to the author (yours truly), of course, is the theory that my arguments were irrefutable. As the old adage puts it: silence is consent. If you ask a parent or other person in authority for permission to do something and there is no answer, you assume it's okay. Likewise, if anyone proposes theories of political and religious philosophy that are not confronted with reasoned expository opposition, the public receiving those propositions must be saying, "I never thought of it that way; he must be right. Touché."

2. My series of expositions of the differences was so difficult to grasp that no one knew how to understand, much less refute them. This, of course, I cannot accept, as all of them were crystal clear. To me.

3. As the second article of the 12 in the series argued, the liberal establishment in European and American politics of our era is unwilling to take up seriously put arguments about any of their major positions, but just dismiss the arguments against them as irrelevant or not worth entering into. An extension of that is that they are not playing by the long-accepted rules of debate and academic—even scientific—inquiry, which requires that any new thesis must be supported by evidence and reasonable supports, comparable to the cases put by attorneys in legal battles, but are willing to throw out any undefended thesis to attack without feeling any compulsion to continue the debate if the other side is better supported by facts and logic. No one answers us conservatives because they think we're not worth their time. Over against this, however, I must point out that relatively conservative factions now control the federal administration, both houses of Congress, and most state gubernatorial offices. So fine, don't bother. Why should I complain about this trend?

Any, in fact all, of these may be factors in the debate having lost momentum. I am, of course, curious to hear your reactions and personal assessments and your choice(s) (from my list of three or any you want to add) of why the crowd became quiet. I am here repeating the "quick reference" links to the whole series for any who want to brush up before responding: First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh. twelfth..

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 


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