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Tolerance and Inclusiveness

“Inclusiveness” is a basic principle of present-day liberalism and its most important engine of power. It searches the whole of social life to extirpate everything inconsistent with the absolute universal domination of liberal institutions.

Social institutions exist through differentiation, the assignment of power, position and authority among persons. Inclusiveness insists on the eradication of differentiations not based solely on universalizable economic and organizational considerations justifiable by the needs of world markets and rationalized value-free bureaucracies. Its function, therefore, is to destroy all institutions other than markets and bureaucracies—that is, all institutions based on anything other than liberal principles of contract, economic efficiency, and equal and abstract individual rights. Nonliberal institutions like the family or religion may be allowed to linger on to the extent they can be adequately neutered, but they must be deprived of authority and made irrelevant to serious affairs. They must become private tastes or hobbies and not institutions.

It follows that no serious conservatism can accept anything like the liberal understanding of inclusiveness. Any conservatism that makes a hero of Martin Luther King is not conservatism.

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