Sunday, June 10, 2012

This Is What A Liberal Victory Looks Like

Union membership is dwindling nationally; the New Democratic Party is erasing socialist principles from its constitution; and that most left-leaning party elected its most right-leaning candidate for leader.

The role of churches in society is weakening and their attendance is diminishing; there has been record spending and historic increases in government's size; and the Conservatives have recognized gay rights, including marriage equality, and womens' rights, including abortion.

New Democrats and Conservatives have demostrably changed, adopting liberal ideas and principles.

Liberalism has won the war of ideologies, it is just now the Liberal Party is losing the battle of who will represent it.

4 comments:

Scott @ Prog Blog said...

Some of us Liberals still attend church, and there are some Christian churches that are liberal-leaning in their ideology. I'd be careful about grouping that in your claims.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

The broad generalization that religion is identified with conservatism is not my claim, it is the claim of political scientists and philosophers going back centuries.

The Mound of Sound said...

Broad and inaccurate, Scott. In centuries past conservatism was prevalent in religious institutions but that changed as religious power devolved in the 19th and 20th centuries. Protestantism turned decidedly progressive particularly in the American heartland and western Canada. Think Tommy Douglas. Think United Church of Canada. More recently evangelical fundamentalism has, for various logical reasons, taken up with the socially conservative far right.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Mound, it is broad, that is the nature of ideologies. As far as it is inaccurate, it is only because there are exceptions on any ideological definition. I would again cite that religion, as it is steeped in tradition, and community oriented, is widely acknowledged to be associated with conservatism.