Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Once and Future Liberalism - Walter Russell Mead - The American Interest Magazine

One of the few Liberals I know who understands the Liberal notion that Liberalism’s dead because change’s inevitable.  Technology drives change, ideologies collapse, and new frames rise.  We’re in the midst of a revolution and the professed revolutionary vanguards can’t quite figure it out.  Would they only for once read their Marx!
Writing about the onset of the Great Depression, John Kenneth Galbraith famously said that the end had come but was not yet in sight. The past was crumbling under their feet, but people could not imagine how the future would play out. Their social imagination had hit a wall.

The same thing is happening today: The core institutions, ideas and expectations that shaped American life for the sixty years after the New Deal don’t work anymore. The gaps between the social system we inhabit and the one we now need are becoming so wide that we can no longer paper over them. But even as the failures of the old system become more inescapable and more damaging, our national discourse remains stuck in a bygone age. The end is here, but we can’t quite take it in.
The Once and Future Liberalism - Walter Russell Mead - The American Interest Magazine
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