Matt Labash, at the Weekly Standard, has a go at following the definitive guide to living like a liberal, as prescribed in a new book offering no less than 538 ways to incorporate liberal ideology in everyday life.
[M]y lesser living was a lifetime ago. Actually, just a few weeks ago, but it feels like the distant past. It was before my road to Damascus encounter, before the illuminative flame touched my torch of enlightenment. It was B.J.K.â€”Before Justin Krebs.
Who is Justin Krebs, you ask? Only my sensei. My guru. The man who made plain that I had politics all wrong. I used to think along the lines of the British writer and publisher Ernest Benn that politics was â€œthe art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.â€ Thus, I had put my politics in my political box, and my life in my living box. When I shouldâ€™ve placed all the contents in the same boxâ€”a much bigger, biodegradable one. (You can get them at Treecycle.com.)
Krebs showed me that my politics shouldnâ€™t be just my politics, but also my religion, my sun and moon, my inhalation and exhalation. Since politics, particularly liberal politics, bring people so much joy, wouldnâ€™t I be better off politicizing everythingâ€”the way I live and work and play? Thatâ€™s a rhetorical question, by the way. The answer is a resounding â€œyes,â€ as evidenced right there in the title of Krebsâ€™s new book: 538 Ways to Live Work and Play Like a Liberal.
The 32-year-old Krebs didnâ€™t just write this book, which comes complete with a 538-item checklist. Heâ€™s lived it. He sharpened his liberal-living iron on the mean conservative streets of Highland Park, New Jersey; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and, finally, that repository of red state madness, the island of Manhattan. …
Itâ€™s hard work, politicizing your whole life. And looking at Krebsâ€™s checklist, I still have a lot in front of me: I have to remind my elected officials about the importance of open space, to speak up for progressive taxation, to ask friends to identify every news channelâ€™s bias, to look at how movie posters treat women, to watch Battlestar Galactica, which â€œgot people debating torture and occupation,â€ and to â€œreconsider the liberal message of the moon landing.â€ Thatâ€™s just for starters. As one of my favorite liberals H.L. Mencken said: â€œLiberals have many tails, and chase them all.â€