In Reply to: Re: On reading more about neo-liberalism posted by Thinker on December 15, 2007 at 07:13:26:
I was teasing you a little bit with the reference to neoliberalism. That's my reason for using this emoticon :) in my post.
For quite a long time I've been making the argument that "liberal" and "conservative" have completely lost all meaning as descriptive labels for positions & perspectives that people take. A strong argument can be made that "the corruption of valuable institutions which shouldn't be privatized"--a neoliberal position--more accurately describes the neoconservative perspective in the U.S. For example, the privatization of the military through the extensive use of contractors in Iraq is the policy of a so-called conservative administration.
None of us are purely liberal or conservative, which I'm sure you recognize. We tend to agree with some perspectives more than others and only parts of some perspectives but not all. Only cult zombies are die-hard ideologues where it's "all or nothing, you're either with us or against us."