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The Virtues Necessary for Progress

It is humility, tolerance, and forbearance that Charles C. W. Cooke believes necessary to live in partisan harmony. These virtues, he believes, have improved our society for generations.

It is undoubtedly the case that a good number of Americans have swallowed whole the idea that classical liberalism is a smokescreen for all sorts of insidious isms. But an even bigger number, one suspects, are simply using the weapons they’ve been handed. One need not be an incisive student of history to understand that when a man is told that he can silence his critics by merely claiming to feel “unsafe,” he will quickly claim to feel unsafe.

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