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never get outta the boat

Posted by vlorbik on March 21, 2010

Liberalism since the 1950s has been defined in considerable part by a commitment to technocratic administration and the vigorous rejection of populist appeals and of progressivism (the progressivism of 1920-1940). It’s very anti-popular, and I didn’t know that until a few years ago, when I was astonished by the things I was hearing people saying. I blame Hofstadter, Schlesinger Jr., Daniel Bell, and the early Galbraith. Since 1968 this has crippled the Democrats; they refuse to make a populist appeal, in part because they’re too corrupt to do so plausibly, but beyond that too.

John Emerson in a comment on his own post (“charlie brown is charlie brown”).

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2 Responses to “never get outta the boat”

  1. Vanessa said

    remember how futurism ~ itself very anti-populist and depersonalized ~ in the early 20th century was embraced by both left and right?

    Vanessa

  2. vlorbik said

    i’m not as up on modern history as i might be… so no.
    thanks for the lead.

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