Now that the moral revolutionaries are solidly in control, what is to be demanded of Americans who, on the basis of conviction, cannot join the revolution?
The latest terms of surrender were delivered last week by Mark Tushnet, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In a stunningly candid essay, Tushnet declared a total liberal victory and chastised his fellow liberals for what he called a “defensive crouch liberal constitutionalism” that is now outdated. With liberals firmly in control of almost every power base in the culture—most importantly, the federal courts—there is no reason, he argues, for liberals to play defense.
How to deal with the losers? Here we meet the reality of liberal judgment in a day of liberal ascendancy. Tushnet argues that conservatives should now be met with a hard line and a demand for total surrender—no accommodation whatsoever. Don’t even try to be nice to moral enemies, Tushnet commands, since their arguments have no normative authority of any kind.
The terms of moral surrender have been delivered to us, and they are absolute and unconditional.