From Eric Peters:
Before a sensible conversation is possible, everyone has to agree on definitions. The fact that millions of Americans don't agree on definitions is arguably the main reason why political conversation in this country is so often incoherent – and we therefore get nowhere.
... To have a proper conversation in 2012 America, we should begin by dispensing with the intellectually dishonest and conversationally incoherent terms, Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative.
There are authoritarians of various inclinations – and people opposed to authoritarianism in all its manifestations.
Let me put it in concrete terms, using an everyday example: property taxes.
Both the (so-called) left and right agree on the principle, with their differences coming down to the amount of the tax and how the monies extorted thereby are to be spent.
The "Democrat" or "liberal" wants to make sure the local government schools are well-funded. The "conservative" or "Republican" agrees – he just wants to make sure the money doesn't go to fund the teaching of evolution or the advocacy of gay marriage. Neither of which ultimately matters, of course, to the former (more precisely, never was) land or home owner. He pays, regardless.
If he declines to pay, both types of authoritarians – on the "left" and the "right" – will draw their knives and seek his blood. Literally, they will kill him, if it comes to that... If he declines to pay the money they demand – and attempts to defend himself against their demands.
An anti-authoritarian is repelled by the spectacle. Because he rejects, in principle, the shedding of blood to lubricate the machinery of authoritarianism. You are either a free man – the owner of your person and any property you duly pay for, without restriction of condition – or you are not...
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