“Lighten Up!”: Bruce Ackerman Ripostes

“Lighten Up!”: Bruce Ackerman Ripostes

I am struck by Mitchell Cohen’s embattled tone. It is as if we were locked in a life-and-death struggle with the Religious Right, which will settle for nothing less than the utter destruction of secular humanism. Liberals and social democrats should respond in kind, using all the weapons at our command in the ongoing Kulturkampf.

This is no time for unilateral disarmament. We have gained access to the arsenal of state power thanks to the political triumphs of prior generations of liberal democrats. It would make a mockery of their struggles to surrender this hard-won power in the midst of a culture war. To exercise political restraint in the name of neutrality is to blind ourselves to the realities of power and the roots of the modern liberal state in the spirit of Enlightenment philosophy.

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Lima