We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Twentieth century liberalism started with Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson; FDR rejiggered it somewhat for the New Deal. In the 1960s and beyond liberalism continued to build on the basic concept that a powerful federal government was the friend rather than the enemy of individual liberty, and that the truly liberal thing to do was to help that government grow and take on more missions. While I don’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater, it does seem to me that this road has reached the point of diminishing returns.
On both the left and the right today there are many people who believe that the real ideological contest in America today is between liberalism 3.0 (the more individualistic, laissez-faire kind of liberalism that dominated 19th century thought) and the more state-oriented, collectively minded liberalism 4.0 of the 20th century. 3.0 liberals denounce 4.0 liberals as betrayers of the liberal legacy who’ve taken a philosophy grounded in individual freedom and limited government and turned it into a charter for Big Government. 4.0 liberals respond that 3.0 liberals are simple reactionaries who don’t understand how the complexities of modern life make the outmoded, simplistic pieties of liberalism 3.0 wholly inadequate to the problems we face today.
Re: Death Panels are back...well, well, well, you could have fooled me. Apparently they never left this state. This state allows emergency rooms and doctors to kill their patients without having to provide the basic standard of care and not having to be accountable for their actions because of the 2002 Texas Legislation Act. Yep, it is legal to kill patients in this state without accountability, so therefore, the Death Panels never left this state.
I use my real name in hopes of some Texas bureaucrat challenging my statement because I have a crap load of evidence to unload to him/her to either keep his/her mouth shut or open up Pandora's box.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
That Mead fellow sure seems like a reasonable type. You're a reasonable type. I would much prefer you and he debating and voting on issues in Congress than the current lot (to include the new bunch). But you two won't run. If you two ran, you would not get elected. There are Meads and Bird Dogs in every congressional district across the land.
It frustrates me that we don't have a better Congress.
I know it's about the incentives. I haven't yet found the solution. You?
I think Mead gets correlation and causation wrong.
In fact, I think he gets it completely backward, "Neither 3.0 nor 4.0 was stabbed in the back; they both died of success. Each version created a social system and an economy so dynamic and so inventive that ultimately the country outgrew them. "
No, liberalism 3.0 and 4.0 were results of success, success didn't spring from either of them.