Sunday, 6 February 2011

Muscular liberalism?

Muscular liberalism? Muscular Christianity I'm aware of, and Muscular Conservatism I could understand, but isn't Muscular Liberalism a bit like strong spaghetti or robust cowardice, a contradiction in terms? Social liberalism has always meant an absence of moral standards and controls. I'm confused. 

4 comments:

Don Cox said...

Muscular liberalism would be a strong and determined fight for freedom. A fight against domination by the sate or the rich and powerful. A fight against arbitrary or religion-based laws which try to control people's lives.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Don. I just hope somebody somewhere is preparing to take a machete to the vast majority of the 3000+ laws we've had imposed over the past 13 years or so, so that the country can return a a more common sense based society

egh said...

Personally, my own confusion about this case fills me with delight!

That's because, nowadays, 'liberal' means whatever the speaker says it means; so deconstructionism has rendered the word oxymoronic and multi-moronic at the same time!

Furthermore, the speaker in the present case is congenitally confused: so his every utterance is confused - whether by accident or design. So no audience should be able to make sense of it....

DAD said...

Indeed it's an oxymoron, to be sure.