Nick Cohen has some rambling blog-post in which he juxtaposes a whole bunch of events, described very briefly, to come up with the radical and original conclusion that there is far too much “liberal cowardice”. You never saw that coming did you? He writes at the end:
The collapse in liberal principles in the past decade has been so widespread that one vignette was bound to become a representation of the wider disintegration.
Liberal principles eh? Do you think those might include not trying to justify torture [link fixed]? How about demanding that governments respect Habeas Corpus? What about not defending state terrorism? Does a person who stands up for liberal principles defend Sarah Palin? Do you think they’d have mates justifying black ops and Guantanamo Bay?
A funny definition of “liberal principles” that. But then, Cohen has also always claimed he stood up for universal human rights.
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