LIBERALS NEED TO WAKE UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING

In a recent article in The Nation, Eric Alterman is putting out a “Wake Up Call for Us Liberals.” He starts by citing the dinner Barack Obama had with arch conservatives like George Will, William Kristol and others. It was a misplaced confidence the newly elected President had that the extreme right could temper its ideologies and work with the left. No such luck. Alterman explains why defining the differences in beliefs: “The primary difference between liberalism and conservatism, at least in theory, is that the latter is an ideology and the former isn’t.” He continues with an observation from Lionel Trilling, ” Liberalism is a large tendency rather than a concise body of doctrine.” In other words, the Progressive is free to be…progressive. The conservative is narrowly limited by its ideologies. Our political dysfunction has several sources but one of the most important is allowing, “…conservatives to define the terms of debate at a time when conservatives have lost all sense of moral, intellectual and especially practical responsibility.”

More on this later.

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