April 28, 2011
Alternatively, “Don’t Be a Prick”

Here’s Jonathan Chait on “Liberalism’s Bumper Sticker Problem:”

The bumper sticker problem is endemic for American liberalism. On foreign policy, it’s actually a murky split, with ideologies cutting across both party coalitions. But on economics, there’s a persistent phenomenon of conservatives having clear bumper-sticker answers and liberals lacking them. That’s because, as I’ve argued before, conservatism is philosophically anti-government in a way that liberalism is not philosophically pro-government. “Market good, government bad” fits on a bumper sticker. So does “Government good, market bad.” The problem is that the former pretty well describes the Republican philosophy, while the latter describes the philosophy only of a tiny socialist fringe operating mainly outside the two-party system.

Here’s my solution to the problem: BE KIND TO STRANGERS. What’s yours?



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 28, 2011 10:50 AM
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Eat the Rich

Posted by: John Shannon on April 28, 2011 11:57 AM

@John Shannon: +1

Posted by: karen marie on April 29, 2011 11:46 AM

Simple minds, simple philosophies.

Posted by: Peter on May 1, 2011 6:35 AM

government good, market bad

can be a bumper sticker only after proper definitions of "government", "market", "good" and "bad"

it is this lack of definitions that is behind your pronouncement
and it is this lack of definitions that make most of the conversations to wonder into the territory that precludes proper understanding of human condition


Posted by: alex on May 4, 2011 3:25 PM
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