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27 April 2005

What Do Liberals Want?

Following on his silly Moderate Party daydreaming, Kevin Drum gets serious about being a liberal...and wonders what it's all about. "What do liberals stand for?" he asks. Conservatives have seem to taken all the good bumper stickers - liberals end up being just against what conservatives are for. Of course liberals do stand for a lot, but unfortunately most of it is Marxist oriented and thus not very appealing. He asks his readers for help - a quick, though painful skimming of the 170+ comments (Drum has a lot of readers - even more than me) revealed only one worth stopping for.
There seem to be some very obvious targets for liberals to win on, such as grossly excessive executive compensation, outsourcing, military adventurism, high price of oil. But Democrats have a difficult time convincing the biggest voting bloc - middle class whites - that they're on their side. Steve Sailer links to and explains this report on the Sodexho case where the company agreed to shell out $80 million in blackmail based on their "only" having blacks in 2% of their upper management positions. While Republican leaders do little to fight this - they've had congress and the presidency for three years now - it's the Democrats who get the bigger blame - as well they should, since they passed the odious quota bill. So until the Democrats can convince the vast white middle class that they're on their side, all the new ideas in the world ain't gonna help.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberalism is a mental disorder

April 28, 2005 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

As is making inane comments under an anonymous tag. Not sure what your plan for the future is but you are living in a country that is 40-60% liberal, depending on the issue. Suggest you stock up on weapons or Zanax but, please, not both.

April 29, 2005 8:06 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Okay - here are two problem comments: one makes a disparaging remark about a philosophy without backing it up. The other attacks the previous commenter with very snarky comments.
Now onto specifics -- I agree with the 40% part - but I don't think you can go over that proportion of liberals on any issue, especially not 60%. I think to get up to 60% you'd need to define it as Liberal + Moderate. Perhaps you're thinking of some issues where the liberal viewpoint commands 60% approval, but I can't think of any.

April 30, 2005 2:48 PM  

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