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The decline of American liberalism?

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by Nemo

Kevin Baker has a great essay contextualizing the current weakness of American Liberalism in this month’s Harper’s Magazine.

As you might imagine if you’ve already read his piece on “Barack Hoover Obama,” he doesn’t have very many nice things to say about the current administration. This new article, however, is much more ambitious in scope, surveying American reform movements from the 1870s to today.  While Baker’s analysis paints the history in strokes a little too broad for my liking, and probably overstates things when he writes that, “there is no longer any meaningful reformist impulse left in our politics,” it is nonetheless a compelling and provocative little work. Check it out here.


Written by Julian Nemeth

April 12, 2010 at 17:10

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