Stranger Fruit

Defining Liberalism in 2006

Bruce Ackerman and Todd Gitlin write:

As right-wing politicians and pundits call us stooges for Osama bin Laden, Tony Judt charges, in a widely discussed and heatedly debated essay in the London Review of Books, that American liberals — without distinction — have “acquiesced in President Bush’s catastrophic foreign policy.” Both claims are nonsense on stilts.

Clearly this is a moment for liberals to define ourselves. The important truth is that most liberals, including the undersigned, have stayed our course throughout these grim five years. We have consistently and publicly repudiated the ruinous policies of the Bush administration, and our diagnosis, alas, has been vindicated by events. The Bush debacle is a direct consequence of its repudiation of liberal principles. And if the country is to recover, we should begin by restating these principles.


  1. #1 Corkscrew
    October 28, 2006

    Seems that the main difference between mainstream democrats and mainstream republicans at the moment is that the latter jingoistically pronounce “we’re so proud of America”, whereas the former (on average at least) work to create an America that they can be proud of.

    How about that for a campaign slogan? “An America to be proud of”.

  2. #2 mm
    October 28, 2006

    A wonderful piece of fiction, Mr. Lynch. You should do humor more often!

  3. #3 John Lynch
    October 28, 2006

    More inspired commentary from Michael …

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