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08/28/2003 Entry: "Joe Corason's new book: Big Lies"

"Liberals value the dynamism and creativity of democratic capitalism, but they also believe in strong, active government to protect the interests of society. They understand that markets function best when properly regulated, and they also know that unchecked concentrations of private power encourage environmental pollution, financial fraud, and labor exploitation. Liberals see a broad social interest in ensuring real opportunities and decent standards of living for everyone, while requiring basic responsibility from everyone.

"Those who regard such ideals a na´ve today should remember that America in the twentieth century was built on liberal policy, from the Progressive Era through the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the GI Bill, and the Great Society. The modern economy - private enterprise system that relies on government safeguards against depression and extreme poverty - is the legacy of liberal leadership, from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. (And more recently Bill Clinton, who erased Republican deficits that were sending the economy into a spiral of recession and began to pay down the national debt.) Liberal policies made America the freest, wealthiest, most successful, and most powerful nation in human history. Conservatism in power always threatens to undo the national progress, and is almost always frustrated by the innate decency and democratic instincts of the American people."
Big Lies. The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How it Distorts the Truth, by Joe Corson

Conservatism in power always threatens to undo the national progress, and is almost always frustrated by the innate decency and democratic instincts of the American people.

I hope that can still be true. I think it's still true, but I don't get out much. It seems to me like most people are too scared or angry or numb to exercise their innate decency and democratic instincts as Americans these days. I hope I'm wrong about that, but there you have it.

If you are a liberal, like me, and feeling battered by the Right, like me, get this book because it will cheer you. If you can only go to a bookstore and read the introduction, that will cheer you, too. It certainly made me feel better.

 

 

 

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