August 13, 2007

ON JUST DISCOVERING THE CONSENSUS:

Sparring Partners (Hendrik Hertzberg, August 20, 2007, The New Yorker)

The political arena is ideally a marketplace of ideas, but in our country, more often than not, it’s all marketplace and no ideas. Caveat emptor, Democrats. The market pressures in this particular souk almost all push in one direction: making political mountains out of policy molehills.

It can't really be news to anybody that the wages of democracy is conformity. One of the reasons we have so little political violence in this country, after all, is precisely because the major political parties are forced towards rather similar platforms, such that our Left isn't particularly socialist nor our Right very nationalist and nearly no one both.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2007 11:31 AM
Comments

Hendrik Hertzberg is a loathsome creature. He was often on C-SPAN in the days when I used to watch it and as soon as I would hear the sound of his voice, my skin would actually start to crawl.

Posted by: erp at August 13, 2007 3:28 PM
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