…philosophically, the large grouping of ideologies that we usually call “liberalism” for brevity’s sake, all come from the same root: radical materialism. They don’t admit of anything higher than the material world. Their “ideals” all have to do with the material world; the causes they champion are strictly relegated to material ends. They deny any meaning or relevance of any transcendent value, and it tends to impoverish their minds and souls.
This was one of John Muggeridge’s themes in our conversations. He held that most ‘liberals’ are obsessed with things that strike us normal people as very petty and transient. He also said they tend to develop food fetishes. John’s father, he said, never got over his weird insistences about the way his food was cooked and what sort of food he ate, even long after he had more or less converted from liberalism to reality.