I read this comment earlier in a discussion about Johann Hari, but it could (sadly) be applied to countless ‘liberal’ writers. ‘Reasonable’ is the thing to be. This means framing the debate in centre-right terms, smearing anyone an inch to the left of you as a lunatic ‘Trot’ and being seen as eager to ‘compromise’ with those to the right. The editorials in The Guardian/The Observer are particularly adept at this.
“He’s a thin end of a thick wedge that attempts to discredit any thought outside a thin veneer of acceptable public and political life by smearing it in whatever way he thinks necessary. I’m not ever gonna defend someone who negates innovative thinking like that, or radical questioning politics. This stuff creates far more intellectual zombies than a month of Suns, precisely because people assume it’s critical.”