Alex Blaze

Liberalism Has Inverted Itself

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 26, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: left, liberalism, russell jacoby

"The left once dismissed the market as exploitative. It now honors the market as rational and humane. The left once disdained mass culture as exploitative; now it celebrates it as rebellious. The left once honored independent intellectuals as courageous; now it sneers at them as elitist. The left once rejected pluralism as superficial; now it worships it as profound. We are witnessing not simply a defeat of the left, but its conversion and perhaps inversion."

--Russell Jacoby in The End of Utopia


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That must make me very OLD SCHOOL LEFT, as my values have never been "transvaluated." No wonder I find myself standing all alone these days.

john demilio | February 27, 2011 5:52 PM

This doesn't sound like a description of the left to me. it sounds like a description of how liberalism has evolved. and it therefore reads to me as yet another piece of evidence of how unimaginably far to the right the country has moved in the last 30 or so years - liberals now seem like the far left edge of the political spectrum.