Part II

To describe either the Right or the Left raises the question of what it would mean to establish the truth of either ideology. What sort of rational case (whether for or against) can be made for preferring to find meaning in the acts of the past as opposed to the possibilities of the future, or to prefer leaders with swagger to intellectual ones, or to be nationalist as opposed to something else, or to value the restrictions of nature over the constructions of nurture? These values are impossible to establish in general, and perhaps impossible to establish at all. They are probably more impediments to political thought than aids to it.

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