I AM OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER ALL OF THESE: Seven Liberal Pieties That Only the Right Still Believes:

  1. The Right to Offend
  2. The Value of a Liberal Education
  3. Government Should Stay Out of the Bedroom
  4. Live and Let Live
  5. Support for Israel
  6. Support for Human Rights
  7. The Dignity of the Working Man

The irony is that the “liberals” of my youth won this culture war — then switched sides (or at least yielded the field to the Left)! It is almost enough to undermine the libertarian trope that the left and the right are equally objectionable, just in different ways.


Think of it as the rise of what you might call the “liberal right”: a lot of people upholding ideas that once upon a time would have made us liberals in good standing—yet finding that this gets us designated as right-wingers today. And the list above is just a start. I could (and in the future probably will) add other former liberal pieties like the value of wealth and prosperity, the rejection of genetic determinism, judging people based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, or the old-fashioned notion that putting on blackface is really offensive.

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