My response is a generalisation of course, as is yours.

Well, technically I haven’t called you a name. I said your writing was fuzzy thinking and I said you shared that with a lot of liberals.

And regarding generalizations, it looks like my irony got lost in translation. My comment about gay marriage was satirical, at least in the sense that I was pointing out how meaningless it is to reduce either side of politics to either a) a slogan, or b) a cozy consensus. Both of which (and I’m sorry for saying this because I’m not trying to offend you) I think your last paragraph is guilty of.

Now that’s out of the way I’d like to say:

  1. I went to your blog and read some of your pieces. They’re nuanced, insightful, and thought provoking. I learned from them. So thank you.
  2. I wasn’t trying to denigrate conservatives. I’ve traditionally been a labour supporter but the politician I currently most admire in my own country (Australia), and who I’d most like to see as Prime Minister, is a conservative minister. Because he has ideals & a brain, which is rare on either side.