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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Looking for a new liberalism

NPR's "Talk of the Nation" show featured a panel discussion on "Looking for New Ideas From the Left." Here's the blurb:
Born in social and political upheaval, progressive political ideals blossomed in the 1960s. Now they struggle for a foothold in American politics. We look at new ideas from the left and their potential to capture the country's imagination.
Guests include:

Peter Beinart, Jim Wallis, Gar Alperovitz, and Patricia Williams.

I would hold that this illustrates one of the biggest problems facing the left. They have become reactionaries, endlessly harkening back to their presumed glory days of the 1960's. In many cases this consists of retelling over and over again self-serving myths. Those of us who actually lived through the sixties as adults know just how problematic the left's view of that era is.

The past just ain't what it used to be.

Anyway, check it out here.

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