In Defence Of Comprehensive Liberalism

The legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argued that a liberal political community must show “equal respect and concern” for each of its members. Can we metropolitan liberals honestly say that, in the decades after 1989, we showed equal respect and concern for people in the US rustbelt, or the neglected communities of northern England? Until, of course, the populist wave launched taxi-loads of metropolitan journalists on https://www.sextonseattle.com/ their domestic safaris to the former Yorkshire coalfields or the Appalachian mountains. For the profound changes needed to renew the foundations of liberal societies will require a consistency of application that is beyond the reach of any single grouping. In a liberal democracy it won’t do for one party, even if it consists entirely of the most impeccably liberal “big L” Liberals, to remain continuously in charge.

This has led occasional writers on the essay to a certain supposition. There is more to be … Read More