I’ve been saying lately that liberals and the left have a big problem with being unwilling to lay out, in simple and direct terms, their values, their evidence, and their reasoning. In particular, I think the sneering, eye-rolling tendency in both cultures is a major political problem – the tendency to argue as if everyone already knows the right answer to every political question.
So in the interest of being constructive, I’m asking today, particularly of liberals and leftists: what political questions are difficult? What sort of conflicts inspire legitimate controversy, where there are no easy answers, no clear heroes and villains? On which issues is “the other side” (whoever that might be) most likely to make a fair or compelling point? What are the contemporary political conflicts for which you have no stock response, the ones where you feel compelled to sort through difficult issues, and which require you to think the most deeply about contrary opinions? What aren’t you sure about?