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Where Liberals Screwed Up

Perhaps trying to frighten voters away from the populist cause by referencing dire economic consequences isn't the best way to go about things when there are plenty of other common sense arguments for preserving a progressive agenda and for cultivating multiculturalism.

Perhaps trying to frighten voters away from the populist cause by referencing dire economic consequences isn't the best way to go about things when there are plenty of other common sense arguments for preserving a progressive agenda and for cultivating multiculturalism.
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3 comments on “Where Liberals Screwed Up

  1. Surely, you’re going to need a whole series for this topic? lol

    Also, don’t discount an alternate force/philosophy playing into this going forward. It’s not a binary battle between progressive statists and populist nationalists. Hell, the “populist wave” is probably given more credit than it truly deserves because it masks a large cohort of non-populists that are sympathetic to their primary grievances.

    The whole other side of the coin (individualism/capitalism/classic liberalism) is waiting opportunistically while it reluctantly rides a runaway Trump train to get closer to the levers of power. This group shares non of the same protectionist views that worry TH.

    The individual/collective battle has been clouded by populism, but it will continue to rage as it has through out history.

  2. One also needs to consider the ways in which elites of all stripes — political, intellectual, financial, corporate — have squandered their elite standing and moral authority over the decades as they have overseen rising inequalities throughout “the system.” The result is a repudiation of expertise, even when come by honestly. Liberal elites are no less at fault than their conservative counterparts.

    Here in my own liberal town of Portland, Oregon, for example, it is impossible to get voters to accept the verdicts of dentists, doctors, and public health experts that fluoridated water is beneficial to long-term oral health. Likewise, this state with its strong libertarian streak has one of the highest rates of school-age children without vaccines.

    And don’t forget climate change warnings and Brexit, areas where expert opinion has to backfired in the political arena. The US president-elect was surely the beneficiary of a frightened electorate taking refuge in this same Know-Nothingism. In language the Christian Right can appreciate, however, we will surely reap what we sow.

  3. My thought is the libs are tickled to hand this mess off, knowing that this latest round of fiat money system is coming very near to its end,they can proclaim ! It was not us!

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