The Logic of Liberalism

Writing in this issue of Chronicles, Frank Brownlow, the scholar and literary critic, quotes W.H. Auden as having described logic as “a condition of the world,” like aesthetics and ethics.  Auden was right, which makes advanced liberalism’s rejection of logic so dangerous.

Five nights a week on FOX News, week after week, Tucker Carlson in particular exposes this refusal as he backs one liberal guest after another into a rhetorical corner from which the victim seeks to escape by pulling his rubber knife of liberal illogic and brandishing it at the show’s host.  It hasn’t worked yet, but still they haven’t learned.  When will they ever?  Never, it seems certain, until they are forced to confront their own illogic by other liberals who are through with being humiliated by the endless public display of the childish evasion and rhetorical dishonesty of their fellow ideologues.

One example is the parade of immigration “advocates,” lawyers, community activists, and commentators invited by Mr. Carlson’s producers to justify before millions of viewers their defense of California’s refusal to cooperate with federal agents in arresting and deporting illegal aliens, including criminal ones, and most recently to protest against the inclusion of a question pertaining to citizenship in the 2018 Census.  Typically, Carlson’s guests assert...

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