The U.S. is one of the most liberal countries in the world. Why don’t liberals like it?

Scott Alexander, the (pseudonymous) writer behind the thoughtful liberal website Slate Star Codex, wrote about how his fellow liberal friends were offended because he celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden.

The worst reaction I’ve ever gotten to a blog post was when I wrote about the death of Osama bin Laden. I’ve written all sorts of stuff about race and gender and politics and whatever, but that was the worst.

I didn’t come out and say I was happy he was dead. But some people interpreted it that way, and there followed a bunch of comments and emails and Facebook messages about how could I possibly be happy about the death of another human being, even if he was a bad person?

Many people have noted that recently “liberals” haven’t been acting liberal. And here’s the perfect example. Liberals stand for protecting innocent lives, right? Osama bin Laden is a man who directed the murder of thousands of innocent humans and caused many more to die from the instability he created in the world*.

Liberals stand for religious tolerance, including the right to not believe any religion, right? Bin Laden would force people to follow a fundamentalist version of his religion and kill not only non-believers, but even people who followed different sects of Islam.

Liberals stand for minority rights, women’s rights, gay rights, and other human rights, tolerance, freedom to choose any way of life you want, right? Bin Laden would oppress the world into conformity through tyranny and violence. In his “Letter to America”, he attacked America for allowing women to serve in the armed forces, for allowing women to wear what they want, for being sexually positive, and for engaging in “immoral acts of fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling’s, and trading with interest.”

In short, conservatives have actually been right that “they hate us because we are free,” and liberals—real liberals—support those freedoms in principle. So it was really a great thing when bin Laden was killed by the U.S. in national self-defense.

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