From William Saletan:
Progressives like to think they’re the engine of history. They fight for change, and eventually conservatives succumb. But it doesn’t always work out that way. History is littered with liberal ideas—pacifism, high taxation, single parenting by choice—that conservatives challenged and defeated. Progressives may drive history, but conservatives filter it.
1. No one has “defeated” pacifism; it’s also not an exclusively progressive idea. Plenty of conservatives, such as devout Christians, are anti-war/anti-violence. Also, why would you want to claim being pro-violence for the conservative side?
2. Getting rid of high taxes isn’t a victory for conservatives. It’s led to ever-increasing economic inequality and the shrinking of the American middle class. In no way, shape, or form are these good things. High taxation is also not a “defeated” idea—Obama ran and won two elections on the promise that he’d repeat the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. If exit polls are accurate, the majority of voters want to see taxes increased.
3. No one has “defeated” single parenting by choice. I don’t even know where to start with this one.
The rest of the piece is fine, I guess. I just can’t get over how half-baked and ridiculous that intro. paragraph is.