Thursday, October 30, 2008

Why are the feds still in Iraq?
Because ‘liberal’ is still a bad word: some history. Why Johnson escalated Vietnam and why Obama wants to do so in Afghanistan. From LRC.
The central characteristic of sixties liberalism (at least in the remembered national indictment) was one of moral superiority.

Liberalism, here, is not to be mixed up with Classical Liberalism, that nineteenth-century philosophy that stressed the dignity of the individual, and scolded, in the process, the depredations of state control. We examine, instead, the liberalism perceived by a working-class population (still smarting from those unkind cracks about racism and soybeans and all) as the value-system of federal buttinskies, idealism and day-glo peace signs.

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