Monday, July 31, 2006

Food For Thought

Interesting quote from this piece in yesterdays New York Times, Passing Down the Legacy of Conservatism.

Every political movement has its texts. But James W. Ceaser, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia, argues that the conservative focus on core thinkers has no exact parallel among liberals.

“It doesn’t mean they’re not interested in ideas,” Professor Ceaser said. “It means their approach to politics doesn’t rest on theory in the same way.”

Liberalism’s main tenets formed earlier, he said, in the Progressives’ expansion of government, and are conveyed as assumptions rather than matters requiring theoretical debate.

That sounds more like Rush Limbaugh than anyone who would usually be quoted in the Times.


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