Yesterday, in my typically discursive fashion, in ‘Uncertainty vs certainty. Growing out of old beliefs‘. I reflected on same-sex marriage law reform (or ‘marriage equality’). I wrote that as our thinking matures and we make friends with uncertainty, matters can seem to move beyond what we’re told is true and, for a time, believe to be true.
I also suggested that despite appearances, such ‘moral’ issues can be less a matter of ‘liberal’ vs ‘conservative’ than we might think, and that our allegience to such labels/tribes/modes of thought can also prove to be flexible — in a positive way.
Today my RSS feed contained an interesting article from NewsHounds.us (tagline:‘We watch Fox so you don’t have to!’): ‘Fox & Friends Host Another Outraged Conservative Parent‘ about a debate that arose in an American school about the crossword puzzle clues given to a class of year 8 students…
The ‘controversy’ involves the definition of ‘conservative’ used for Civics class crossword puzzle for 8th graders in a Wisconsin school district. While ‘liberalism’ is defined as “the political belief of equality and personal freedom for everyone, often changing the current system to increase government protection of civil liberties,” conservatism is classified as “the political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms and encouraging prosperity through economic freedom.”
Now, I acknowledge that in the USA, such partisan ‘debate’ (cough) is often a duel at twenty paces with fully-loaded propagandas, but, you know what?
Those seem pretty reasonable potted definitions to me.
What do you think?