The Liberals have contempt for the new boys, the shaggy fellows on the other periphery of politics. Things were not what they used to be when good old Bud and good old Mitch were deputy ministers. They say to themselves that these new people cannot possibly know the arcana which are revealed only slowly, through imperceptible drops and over long periods, to those who are truly on the inside-the inside with the Liberal party. The senior civil service caste, or the mandarin caste if you prefer, has been allowed to set the tone of the party, and this means worship for the administrative expertise of Mike and Pick and Bud and Walter.
In the abstract sense, essentially liberalism is a creed which preserves permanent values by destructive means. By this I mean that the liberal is always striving to uphold the individual's rights and enlarge the scope of individuality, while striving at the same time to relate these goods to the broader good of society as a whole, and he must suspect anything which does not contribute to these goods automatically. He has not the time for veneration of this or that time-honoured administrative liberal practice. He is or he ought to be right in step with the whole movement of life. He accepts change. He even accepts his ousting from government with a little bit of grace. He tries to guide change or even to anticipate it, and he does this through programs, through legislation and through positive action.
Now if I might skim through the Liberal program.
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