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Monday, August 8. 2005
A reader sent us this interesting piece. It it against my religion to read sociologists, but even if the Prof is just making it all up, it's thoughful. I think his thesis about class is wrong, but sociologists tend to think along those lines. If it's from a book, I can't find it on Amazon, or I would reference it for the Prof:
“What Went Wrong with Liberalism?” by Douglas S. Massey, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University:
As the civil rights movement shifted out of the south, liberal democrats naturally encountered resistance from entrenched social and political interests in
The arrogance and self-righteousness of liberal elites manifested themselves in yet another way. The same liberal architects who promoted civil rights and social welfare also prosecuted a costly foreign war on the basis of lies, deception, and subterfuges that callously abused the faith and trust of the working class. As subsequent tapes and archives have clearly shown, liberals in the Johnson administration—including the president himself—manufactured an attack on U.S. warships in the Gulf of Tonkin to secure congressional authorization for military intervention in Viet Nam. Then they
The Vietnam War forcefully underscored the fact that liberal elites made the decisions while working class whites paid the price, thus reinforcing a politics of class resentment manipulated so effectively by conservative Republicans. The soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam were disproportionately drawn from the America’s working and lower classes. The sons and daughters of upper middle class professionals—the
To blue collar workers in the north and poor whites in
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Race as a wedge issue is usually presented as Southern Democrats abandoning the Democratic Party over race. That's true of some people, but not many.
In fact the arrogance, self-rightousness and callousness the author refered to presented itself at the Democratic Party conventions of 1964 and 1968 in which legally elected party delegations from Southern states were thrown out in favor of delegations we would now consider more politically correct. Georgia's delegation in 1968, for instance, was thrown out on a voice vote in which non-delegates in the balcony could clearly be seen on TV "voting". The replacement delegation was led by a man who was considered a traitor and pro-Communist by most white Georgians - Julian Bond.
The Democrats themselves drove white Southerners out of the party. These were people who previously proudly proclaimed that no one in their families had ever voted for a Republican. Suddenly, they were without a party, and while Nixon's Southern strategy brought some into the Republican party, I think it was really only under Reagan that they felt comfortable.
The arrogance, self-rightousness and callousness of the Democratic party has brought about its own downfall.
Yes - agreed. Good comment. That is just one of several logical flaws in his argument, but he is generally right about the attitude of arrogance and condescension.