Editor’s note: This is the second column trying to answer a reader’s question, what is a liberal and what is a conservative? I was hiking in Sedona and trying to work out in my head how I would introduce John Locke and Edmund Burke, considered the fathers of classical liberalism and conservatism respectively. It was a tricky problem, because some of my readers might be learning about them for the first time, but many others probably know a lot more about the two men than I do.
Last month I penned a column headlined, “Here are some basics of journalism.” Surprisingly, it was very well received. I had a number of emails and a couple of phone calls commenting on what I thought was a pretty simple column. One caller had a suggestion: You should do more columns like that, because you do a good job explaining things. In fact, I would love it if you would explain the differences between liberals and conservatives. Oh, oh.
There are a couple of things as a journalist that make me angry. The first is hypocrisy, so that should explain why I’ve been so angry with national politics for years. But the second is when someone says something absurd to your face. You know it’s absurd, they know you know it’s absurd, but they go ahead say it anyway and just expect you to report it like it’s not the gibberish that it is.
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