July 4, 2005


The crisis of democracy in America: The pillars of American democracy – the open society, the culture of law, a free media, independent science and academia – are under assault from the radical right, says Gara LaMarche of the Open Society Institute. A serious, coordinated response is needed, founded on robust and honest debate. Gara LaMarche, 30 - 6 - 2005, Open Democracy)

In the last few years, radical-right political leaders have moved from the fringe essentially to control much of the national and many state governments. They, the fundamentalist clerics and their followers who comprise the “base” to which they feel most accountable, and the network of think-tanks and attack media which support them, make clear their intent to roll back the Great Society and the cultural, social and political gains of the 1960s. Now, with fights over social security and the courts, they are targeting the New Deal.

Some of these figures and institutions wish explicitly to return United States government, and its relationship to its citizens, to what it was before the Progressive Era. But their combined efforts to remake American society suggest a more recent and disturbing parallel: the McCarthy era.

Bastards! Want to undo the 70 years of Democrats' one party rule that undid 70 years of Republican one party rule? If only there were a principled objection....

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 4, 2005 7:57 PM

"the culture of law, a free media, independent science and academia"

What color is the sky on her planet?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 4, 2005 8:22 PM

The McCarthy era! I was just learning to talk but it was a pretty good time from the little I remember of it. In fact, things were pretty good until about my junior year in HS when a cadre of teachers arrived from Yale. We thought we were kidding when we joked they had come down the Ho Chi Minh trail. . . Little did we know...

Posted by: David at July 4, 2005 8:53 PM

Has the word "open" become the new "progressive"?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 4, 2005 9:06 PM

When ever the left is in trouble they dig up poor Joe McCarthy and flog his bones one more time. It is a manifestation of their intellectual bankruptcy.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 4, 2005 11:13 PM

Don't forget, whatever they nominate in '028, it'll will make sure that they have an unbroken century of running against Herbert Hoover.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 5, 2005 12:12 AM

Ah yes, the Republicans and their continued addiction to the failed policies of Herbert Hoover.

Posted by: at July 5, 2005 12:27 AM

The Left still believes that one cannot have free speech unless one espouses agreement with every leftie shibboleth of last century.

Posted by: bart at July 5, 2005 7:06 AM