For readers' convenience, I've created an index of the Kevin letters so you can see the full progress of the dialogue
Mark A.R. Kleiman is about a millimeter away from being the next contribution to my blogroll's bloat. He has a very insightful post about why the left rubs a lot of Americans the wrong way. It includes this gem ...
Not treating people badly because of their race, for example, is a moral principle; everyone knows that. And liberals insisted, pretty successfully, on imposing it on the rest of the population. The fact that the imposition was so successful that the principle of racial tolerance has now diffused itself widely didn't make it any less of an imposition, and many white Southerners who no longer hate black people still hate liberals for messing with their way of life, or learned to hate liberals from their unreconstructed parents and older friends.
Kleiman goes on to say some very insightful stuff about gun control that every lefty should read. Check it out.
Then, for extra credit, go see Brad DeLong waxing snarky about the intellectual implications of Kleiman's prescription.