Midnight in the KinderGarden of Eden
To see how this translates into policy, consider the very different attitudes a Modern Liberal and a Right-Thinking person hold towards the United Nations. Both start out, as small children, adoring the UN. The difference comes after kindergarten as both the Modern Liberal and the Right Thinker learn more things about the institution. Both come to know about how the “peace keepers” turned their backs so the Rwandans could be massacred. This leads the Right Thinker to lessen the esteem in which he holds the UN. This, however, only bolsters the Modern Liberal’s affection for the institution since massacres are things people learn about only after they’ve left kindergarten; what the modern liberal appreciates is that the “peace keepers” followed the rules of The Cult and didn’t hit anyone.
Similarly, both groups come to know about the United Nations' tacit endorsement of Palestinian terrorism. The difference is that, while the Right Thinker sees these acts as abhorrent because terrorism is something the child learns about some time after he turns six, the Modern Liberal doesn’t really need to know about it (for he won’t factor it into his “thinking”). What he knows -- and what increases the esteem in which he holds that organization -- is that the rules in the kindergarten classroom include “everyone must be invited to the party.” When he see the father of modern terrorism, Yasser Arafat, being given a platform to spread his hateful ideology, it bolsters his adoration of the UN.
And when a Right-Thinking person learns that the UN has made the Sudanese the head of the “Human Rights Committee” while they’re committing genocide, he recognizes it as an outrage that will only lead to more human rights violations around the globe. The Modern Liberal sees the same thing and is thrilled by it. This is because genocide is something he learned about after his sixth birthday and therefore something he doesn’t really need to know. What he does need to know is that the UN was following the rules of the Cult of Indiscriminateness -- one of the lessons taught in the kindergarten classroom: that “everyone must get a turn.” The Modern Liberal doesn’t care about genocide; he cares that it was Sudan’s turn.
Those born into the Modern Liberal era can truly believe that everything they ever really need to know they’ve known for longer than they can remember because, in the modern liberal era, there is simply no cost or consequence to them in being wrong. And, so long as there are grown-ups -- the teachers and parents in their youth, the government in their latter years -- this remains true throughout the entirety of their lives.
Related: Evan Sayet recently discussed The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks with PJM's Ed Driscoll. Click here to listen.