A world without straw men
May 7, 2010 9:25 AM Subscribe
Inspired by this question
-- what are some liberal writers who start from a position of comprehension of, and respect for, conservative viewpoints?
posted by yersinia to law & government (14 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I've been frustrated and depressed lately by the polarization and lack of dialogue in American politics. To cheer myself up, I'm looking for writing by liberals who appear to understand and respect conservative positions on various issues. In particular, I'd like to find writing that doesn't make (or pretend to make) the maddening assumption that conservatives must believe as they do because they are simply:
--stupid, ignorant, or misinformed
--"crazy" or "evil" or otherwise burdened with psychological issues (!)
-- naively fearful (of Change, or The Other, or Women's Sexuality, or whatever)
-- hateful, racist, or bigoted, interested in harming particular races/genders/sexualities/the environment for purely selfish reasons, or just for the hell of it
-- somehow duped by or under the control of some mysterious larger entity, like The Corporations or The Man
In other words, I guess I'm looking for liberal writing addressing what an educated conservative would recognize as actual conservative arguments. Either fiscal or social topics are fine, and the conclusions can be as far-left as necessary, as long as the writer has a fair, intelligent and accurate (and preferably, nuanced and respectful) sense of what can be said for the opposing position. Any ideas?