Reprinted from Independent Institute
Inside Sheer ChristianityCS Lewis writes:
“We all want improvement. But progress means getting closer to where you want to be. And if you take a wrong turn, moving forward will never get you closer. If you are on the wrong path, progress means turning around and getting back on the right path; And in that case, the person who returns quickly is the most progressive. “
There is a growing awareness that the left is not liberal, and the main thrust of liberalism is represented by Adam Smith. There is a growing awareness that the false combination of what Adam Smith and Patrick Denin call ‘liberalism’ does not fit at all.
Those who continue to call the Left ‘liberal’ fail to see how fleeting their rhetoric is. The main pressure of liberalism will still be the main century-long pressure of liberalism. Liberal civilization will still be established. The rise of liberalism will always be the historical height of liberalism.
Buckley was on the right track but took a wrong turn in the context of the United States, especially by signing the semantics extended by the FDR. Wolves in ‘liberal’ attire recognize opposition if it goes with the ‘liberal’ identity of the left. Now, the liberalism of the left is on full display.
Those who continue to call the left ‘liberal’ express a myopia between their short-term-exclusion and their parochial North Americanism.
CS Lewis says that if you take a wrong turn, there is nothing to do but face it and go back, the sooner the better. Here are ten reasons to do so.
It’s not about not calling yourself ‘conservative’, it’s about not calling the leftists ‘liberal’. In fact, it is appropriate to call Smith a conservative liberal.