Perhaps more harmful is what they take from Lewis Carroll:
"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."- Lewis Carrol - Alice in Wonderland.
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Because that is what is required to be a Liberal - magical thinking.
Like "Diversity is Strength" - yes, because if we can just import enough illiterate, somewhat stupid, non-assimilationist Mexicans - or better yet, Somalians, who add Islamic ignorance and hatred, and may be even stupider - we will get enough diversity that we can beat everything.
Just getting started here.
Update: 23 Dec, 2011:
More "believing the impossible" by that great intellect Whoopi Goldberg:
If you say that this is how our culture is and then you send your child to a Swiss boarding school — you know, this is what happens with communism.She concedes that communisim cannot provide services even to it's elite.
It’s a great concept. On paper it makes perfect sense. But once you put a human being in power, it shifts. We saw it in Russia, we’ve seen it all around the world. It’s nuts.She concedes it is flawed for use by actual human beings, and has massively failed every where it's been tried.
But, I keep my fingers crossed.But still, she believes. Because the 10s of millions killed by starvation and death camps in the Soviet Union weren't enough. The 10s of millions killed by the Chinese weren't enough. The millions killed by Pol Pot were not enough. If you just keep your fingers crossed, eventually a system - a system which she concedes is unfit for human use - will work somewhere.