The Future of Liberalism, Part Two

What, me, schedule slip? Whatever, let’s finish this.

Welcome to Part Two of my thoughts on the challenges facing modern liberalism. I’ve already written as much in the first part as I did in two parts about conservatism, which either indicates that my perfectionist streak is taking over my writing, or else being closer to liberalism ideologically made me feel compelled to cover my bases better. Probably both. In any case, I’m trying to maintain an analogous structure to this two-parter as I did for the last one. Since last time I dealt with liberalism’s past and how it affects the present, today I’ll address what the Democratic Party is and how that affects the way it can move forward.

I’ve already alluded to the idea that Democrats and Republicans share lingering psychological trauma from the 1970’s, as well as old grudges that divide their coalitions. Today I’m going to expand on that thesis a little more. Before I do that, I feel like I should reiterate the importance of what I’m doing here. I do read the news and all, and with recent¬†Governor’s races and special elections¬†in New Jersey, Virginia and especially Alabama, it seems like the Party finally has something to celebrate.

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The Future of Liberalism, Part One

Alright, so to break the doom and gloom that my usual political material involves, lately I’ve been tackling some cultural stuff. And it’s been a lot of fun, reviewing music and movies and not really worrying about the real world as much. But none of that weightier stuff is going away, and it’s time I finally discussed the Democratic Party and its likely future.

This has been an interminably delayed project of mine, I know, and the main reason is simple enough when compared with my thoughts on conservatism, which I got out in a timely fashion back when this space had a regular schedule. The fact of the matter is that I don’t really talk to many conservatives in my social life, so I wasn’t as worried about offending anyone in particular with my measured, but often bracing criticisms of the modern GOP. By contrast, I’m going to be walking on eggshells here, trying not to offend basically everyone I know with my critiques of the Democrats, who I think are every bit as broken as the Republicans, maybe more so. (To be fair, I’ve been just as worried about not doing the subject justice, but that’s another issue).

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