Ed Driscoll

Leaving The Left

Nick Cohen of England’s Guardian explains why he’s leaving the left:

I’m sure that any halfway competent political philosopher could rip the assumptions of modern middle-class left-wingery apart. Why is it right to support a free market in sexual relationships but oppose free-market economics, for instance? But his criticisms would have little impact. It’s like a religion: the contradictions are obvious to outsiders but don’t disturb the faithful. You believe when you’re in its warm embrace. Alas, I’m out. Last week, after 44 years of regular church-going, the bell tolled, the book was closed and the candle was extinguished. I was excommunicated.

Read the rest–and be sure to read this Belmont Club post on Cohen’s article, and the rest of their September 2003 post that they quote an excerpt from.