Thursday, December 02, 2004

The Return of the "Hard" Liberal

The editor of The New Republic has just published an excellent article about how liberals and Democrats need to return to the days when they were lead by stalwarts like FDR, Truman and others who actually saw American power as a source of democratic transformation in the world, who actually stood up against totalitarianism and fascism. The big dollar quote:

Of all the things contemporary liberals can learn from their forbearers half a century ago, perhaps the most important is that national security can be a calling. If the struggles for gay marriage and universal health care lay rightful claim to liberal idealism, so does the struggle to protect the United States by spreading freedom in the Muslim world. It, too, can provide the moral purpose for which a new generation of liberals yearn.


At 2:02 PM, Blogger The Iconic Midwesterner said...

Amen to that. The focus on social liberalism and economic populism over the last 20+ years really narrows liberalism's appeal. A rebirth of "big idea" liberalism is long overdue.


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