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October 16, 2007

Quote Of The Day — Liberal Bias Edition

by Brad Warbiany

Seen on a bumper sticker:

REALITY Has A Liberal Bias

Really?

Now, humanity has a liberal bias. Most of humanity is caring, generous, kind, forgiving, and willing to accept and look past the failure of others.

Reality? Not so much. Reality is cruel, reality is harsh, reality punishes mistakes without remorse. Reality doesn’t give many second chances. Reality is the exact opposite of what could be called “liberal”.

Now, I’ll admit that it makes for a catchy little slogan. But it’s a profound misunderstanding of the world we live in. In fact, it was the “illiberal” system of capitalism that is precisely what has allowed us to blunt the harsh “conservative” nature of reality.

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4 Comments

  1. I think that the bumper sticker is better understood in its original form: “Reality has a well-known liberal bias”. This is a response to the complaints from conservatives that “The media have a well-known liberal bias”. It’s a variation on the appellation “reality-based community” that left wing groups such as the people at Daily Kos awarded themselves. For the most part, they were referring primarily to the facts surrounding Iraq and the War on Terror.

    Comment by Chepe Noyon — October 17, 2007 @ 12:19 am
  2. Chepe,

    Yeah, I know it’s a play on the whole “media/liberal bias” deal. That doesn’t make it any less of a silly, incoherent statement.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — October 17, 2007 @ 12:24 am
  3. Well, yeah, bumper stickers aren’t the most articulate forms of political expression.

    Comment by Chepe Noyon — October 17, 2007 @ 12:32 am
  4. Brad, your posting is very insightful. Along those lines, a more accurate bumper sticker would be:

    HUMANITY has a liberal bias
    REALITY is a harsh mistress

    Comment by Scott — October 17, 2007 @ 10:55 am

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