Brilliantly written, Charles C.W. Cooke dismantles the latest liberal outrage, in particular, the infamous Vox.com’s Ezra Klein, who endorses California’s controversial new sexual-consent law, which Cooke says “proposed a blunt increase in the power of America’s Star Chambers as the natural answer to the problem du jour…”
Take a few minutes and read about the online liberal you know so well.
The Illiberal Ezra Klein
Jettisoning due process for those accused of rape is a small price to pay for social change.
By Charles C. W. Cooke
…Klein has neatly illustrated just how dangerously capricious and supple the Progressive Hierarchy of Pieties really is. I daresay that it is rather easy to be a “liberal” when liberalism lines up nicely with the prevailing sentiments of one’s social cohorts. But it is much, much harder when it does not. Genuine “liberals” — those in the tradition of John Locke and Adam Smith, and not of Herbert Croly or Rachel Maddow — do not forsake timeless principle for last night’s orthodoxy because, for them, due process is as important today as it was at the time of Magna Carta. Ezra Klein, by contrast, appears to be something of a weathervane. Forced to choose between the universal principles of the Enlightenment and the transient pressure of this year’s moral panic, he plumped squarely for the latter. For shame. …