Archive for the 'Liberalism' Category

Pundits Competing to Frame Obama

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Conservatism, Liberalism, Media, Obama

After less than two months of Barack Obama’s presidency, pundits across the spectrum are competing to “frame” the new administration. There are lots of narratives, but, in my mind, the most potent ones are expressed in two editorials appearing today. From the negative side, Janet Daley at Britain’s Telegraph argues that Obama is handing the […]

March 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

The Myth of Europeanism

By Mark Thompson | Related entries in Conservatism, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Economy, Liberalism

One thing that has long baffled me has been the idea on the American Right that Europe is some kind of socialist hell-hole that borders on Communist. The thrust of the argument always seems to be that European government is so large and intrusive, and it public mores so lacking and dare I say nihilistic […]

March 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 16 Comments »

Liberaltarianism in a Liberal Age

By Mark Thompson | Related entries in Conservatism, Liberalism, Libertarian

Robert Stacy McCain has a scathing post that seeks to permanently douse the concept of a left-libertarian coalition ever being a real possibility, which includes this little bit: As a political impulse, the sort of libertarianism that scoffs at creationism and traditional marriage wields limited influence, because it appeals chiefly to a dissenting sect of […]

February 13th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

The Grand Old Dogma

By Mark Thompson | Related entries in Conservatism, Discuss, Elections, General Politics, Liberalism, Libertarian, Partisan Hacks, Partisan Nonsense

Me, elsewhere: Over the last few months, there has been much finger-pointing as to which particular sect of the old GOP coalition is to blame for the policy failures of the last 8 years and the electoral failures of the last 2 years…..I think these accusations are deeply misplaced – the problems have not been […]

January 5th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Obama Answers Liberal Critics

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Liberalism

They wanted him to appoint left wingers. He hasn’t. So what to make of this? Obama talks… WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama, rejecting liberals’ criticism of his emerging cabinet, today strongly defended his decision to choose more experienced, centrist aides for his inner circle, arguing that the nation needs sure hands in a time of […]

November 27th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Is Obama Being Too Cautious On Economy?

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Economy, Liberalism, Obama Appointments

William Greider of The Nation wonders if Barack Obama’s recent appointments indicate he won’t be the progressive savior many of the left hoped he’d be. Obama’s choices have begun to define him. His victory, it appears, was a triumph for the cautious center-right politics that has described the Democratic party for several decades. Those of […]

November 25th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Conservative-on-Conservative Violence (of the written sort)

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Conservatism, Liberalism

P. J. O’Rourke takes a rhetorical tire iron to the conservative movement of which he’s been on the libertarian side of since the 1970s. If you know O’Rourke, you know he has about as much love for modern liberals as dogs have for cats. Seems he now finds modern conservatives just as hideous. You don’t […]

November 10th, 2008 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

All Hail the Mushy Middle

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Conservatism, Elections, General Politics, Liberalism

Here’s what hardcore partisans on both sides often fail to understand: winning an election doesn’t mean most of the country agrees with their ideology. In fact, both the hardcore right and the hardcore left are minority positions whose influence is inflated not by numbers but by passion. They might be the “bases” of our two […]

November 6th, 2008 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Obama and the iDemocrats

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Liberalism, The World

As Barack Obama continues to attract throngs of supporters and polls keep indicating he will win by a more than comfortable margin, I find myself wondering how much of the Obama phenomenon is simply a massive rejection of President Bush and how much is an honest-to-God shift in our political culture. On one hand, the […]

October 28th, 2008 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Shocking Development: Obama is a Liberal

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Economy, Liberalism, Welfare

Circulating the wires today is a 2001 Barack Obama radio interview clip concerning wealth redistribution. As with all things political, your perspective and your prejudices will determine your interpretation of this clip. Some see it as no big deal. Others see it as proof that Obama is all but a Marxist. I understand the right’s […]

October 27th, 2008 | Permalink| 22 Comments »