Acting on Doubt

Just because you are unsure whether you are right, it does not mean you cannot be sure that other people are wrong…

I’ve been reading a lot of Andrew Sullivan’s blog recently. He’s been plugging his new book, The Conservative Soul, and writing a great deal about how doubt is the essence of conservativism, as he sees it. By contrast, he says, much of right-wing politics in the USA has an Evangelical hue, and the certainty of the Christianist zealots is not actually very conservative at all.

This take has attracted many critics, including Jonah Goldberg at the National Review (which I came upon via Reason Magazine):

The fact that evil is rarely defeated by people who are unsure they are right is lost on Sullivan.

I disagree. Just because you are unsure whether you are right, it does not mean you cannot be sure that other people are wrong! You only really need confidence in the latter premise, to make a stand against evil.

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