Honest question (apropos of Betty’s recent post): why do so many liberals love concern trolls and Slate-style contrarians so much? Read a typical conservative publication — Wall Street Journal editorial page, National Review, Weekly Standard — and the only contrarianism is along the lines of “sure you think this liberal policy is bad, but once you get past the conventional wisdom, you’ll see that IT’S EVEN WORSE”.
Whereas look at the New York Times, Washington Monthly, Mother Jones (at least Kevin Drum’s blog), NPR, not to mention TNR and Slate. Filled with pieces about how, yes X liberal policy may look right, but once you look closely you’ll see that Bush was right. Why?
I realize that not everyone is Manichean and possibly anti-intellectual as I am but the correct response to all of this is “I’ve got your concern right here pal”. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of places where there is room for healthy debate, but why does anyone want to read some half-wit’s torturously argued Harvard dining hall bullshit?
I guess I’ll give one theory as to “why”. Educated liberals like to think of themselves as special snowflakes, not cookie-cutter liberals, but liberals who also believe in creationism or love guns or support the liberation of the Iraqi people or whatever. You can’t pin them down or put them in a box!