Sunday, January 9, 2011

What Does It Mean To Be Liberal?

masaccio of FDL explores the matter, using the work of John Rawls as a starting point. It is masaccio's position that the liberal period of American life is over and done with. I regret that he may be right. The more I read of our nation's founders, indisputably wealthy white men with an ax to grind, the more I see that even the most conservative among them was still considerably more liberal than any member of either major party today.

What do you think? Is liberalism in America a thing of the past?


  1. I hope not. There will always be idealists and thinkers who want to make the world a nicer place. What bothers me is that critical thinking skills seem to be in short supply in the younger (than me) generations. Then again, I was pleasantly surprised this fall when I worked on my Congressman's campaign and really enjoyed the bright young interns. They gave me hope for the future of liberalism and for the future of this country.

  2. As long as trust fund anarchists remain libertarian there is little hope.



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