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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You might be a liberal if...

Well, according to this analysis of Alan Wolfe's new book, liberals share seven common dispositions:

Four of these dispositions will be quite familiar: "a sympathy for equality," "an inclination to deliberate," "a commitment to tolerance," and "an appreciation of openness." We're used to the portrayal: liberals as talky, tolerant, open-minded, egalitarians. It's not surprising, then, that these types are at home in the garrulous world of the academy—or that bossy preachers, convinced they have the one true story, do not care for them much. But Wolfe's sketch of the liberal adds three unfamiliar elements to the picture: "a disposition to grow," "a preference for realism," and "a taste for governance."

All in all a fairly good summation if the Slate article linked above is anything to go by.

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