I have always considered myself a liberal. Liberals respect the other person. The uphold their right to be different. They defend their freedoms. They acknowledge their right to hold contrary beliefs. A liberal realises we do not all share customs, but realises that customs matter to us all. True liberalism is the foundation of tolerance. As a result it is the bedrock of modern society, and our democracy.
It is a million miles from neoliberalism. That is what has corroded our society. Neoliberalism is about abusing the freedom of others for personal gain. It is about the freedom of the individual without regard for the consequences for others. It is as a result the basis of modern capitalism. It is the foundation of our current economic crisis. It is what so many around the world are resoundingly rejecting.
Hodges, though, deliberately conflates the two when they are utterly different.
He is not a fool. It would be easy to think he is, but wrong. He knows exactly what he is doing. By celebrating the end of a liberal elite he is in fact supporting the culture of abuse that underpins neoliberalism. And that is a profoundly worrying development. The opposition to the abusive culture that is really tearing the world apart is itself being attacked. We are living in truly dangerous times. And no one should be deceived by a Conservative Party claiming it is moving to the middle ground. I spy nothing remotely middle like in its agenda. And nor do I see anything very liberal in Labour’s. Even the Liberal Democrats have failed to live up to their name.
These are dark days for those dedicated to liberal freedoms.
The man lacks only the black footer bags to be the Roddy Spode de nos jours. And he insists that he is a liberal?