I’m working on a long post about the crisis in liberalism, based in part on having just re-read Theodore Lowi’s “The End of Liberalism” which I pulled off the shelf when it called to me…
…but TG reminds me that today is our 1st anniversary and we have better things to do.
So I’ll leave you with a Lowi quote:
The most clinically accurate term to describe the American variant is interest group liberalism. It may be called liberalism because it expects to use government in a positive and expansive role, it is motivated by the highest sentiments, and it posesses strong faith that what is good for government is good for the society. It is “Interest group liberalism” because it sees as both necessary and good that the policy agenda and the public interests be defined in terms of the organized groups in society.
– p. 71
There’s a lot here to work with… especially in the “Era of the Armed Liberal,” as Austin Bay puts it.