« Perception Spectrum | Main | Pre-Gonzo Study Guide »

March 13, 2007

Unity Again

I'm basically out of things to say on the topic of neoliberalism, but Paul Glastris's post on the subject is probably the pick of the litter. Unlike the other participants, Paul actually is/was a neoliberal, and while he's moved left in recent years, it's unclear if that drift is an enduring reevaluation or a temporary effect of the minority mindset. In any case, this seems right:

most neolib-New Dem types I knew shared one main goal: to remove the thorns in the paw of the American body politic that made voters furious at the federal government, so that government could once again play an activist, progressive role in American life.

Now, I think most of those thorns were perception more than reality, and others think they were more reality than perception, but what neoliberalism undoubtedly did was restore the reputation of Democrats as basically competent. What it didn't do was offer an electrifying vision you could rally a country behind. For that, you need to turn back to full-throated progressivism, which can now erect its vision atop the strong perceptual foundation laid by the neoliberals.

March 13, 2007 | Permalink

Comments

Now, I think most of those thorns were perception more than reality, and others think they were more reality than perception, but what neoliberalism undoubtedly did was restore the reputation of Democrats as basically competent.

That can be read a couple of different ways: an inaccurate perception by neolibs that voters were furious, or an inaccurate perception by voters that led to their anger. If you meant the former, I deeply disagree, and I suspect the disagreement is a function of generation.

Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Mar 13, 2007 1:54:52 PM

Not following these neolib posts. Does this mean "neoliberalism" as in an awakening of the American Center-Left (in the sense that Ted Kennedy is a liberal) or "neoliberalism" in the sense of the consensus as to appropriateness of market based society, electoral democracy, and political liberty? Or is there an equation of the two.

Posted by: RW | Mar 13, 2007 2:15:00 PM

Umm, Ezra, do you even know what neoliberalism means? It seems like you intend it to mean neo-democrat or something, which isn't what it means. You might want to do some research.

Posted by: layla | Mar 13, 2007 2:24:49 PM

Neoliberalism, like liberalism is a tricky term which means different things in different countries, different contexts and different political circles.

I think Ezra is referring to the 1990s-style, DLC, pro-business Democrats that upper-middle class professionals seem to love (and vote for) so much.

Posted by: Adrian | Mar 13, 2007 2:34:41 PM

What it didn't do was offer an electrifying vision you could rally a country behind. For that, you need to turn back to full-throated progressivism

I don't know. Clinton got the country, most of it, to rally behind parts of his vision, only some of which is considered progressive by most of those who like to call themselves progressive. Actually, the most lefty progressive parts were the parts he had the most trouble selling. (Of course, Clinton thought it was all progressive.) I think any clear vision that answers a need can be presented in a compelling way, no matter where it falls on the spectrum of politics; the rest depends on what the public is ready to accept.

Posted by: Sanpete | Mar 13, 2007 3:11:05 PM

So let me get this straight because I'm not all that bright and subtle concepts frquently elude me.

So the neo-libs proved liberalism worked by dismantling it, but doing so competently. And they further damaged the real case against progressive policies which weren't failing and against liberals who did believe in what they said. Furthermore, this entirely made-up pr war that the republicans waged was won when?

I don't mean to sound strident, because that's not where I'm coming from here. But I do wonder, aside from the successful elections of Bill Clinton, just what did the neo-lib triangulators do correctly?

As for a foundation, a foundation of what? A foundation of being just left of right? That's the slick and easy to full-throated liberalism?

ok.

Posted by: ice weasel | Mar 13, 2007 4:54:22 PM

托盘
托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
木制托盘
纸托盘
木塑托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
钢托盘
木托盘
钢制托盘
托盘
塑料托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
南京托盘
南京钢托盘
上海托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
南京托盘
南京钢托盘
上海托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
纸托盘
南京托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘
广州托盘
杭州托盘
成都托盘
武汉托盘
长沙托盘
合肥托盘
苏州托盘
无锡托盘
昆山托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
纸托盘
南京托盘
南京钢制托盘
南京钢托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘

托盘
托盘
托盘
托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
塑料托盘
塑料托盘

托盘
塑料托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
铁托盘
托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘

托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘

托盘
托盘
钢托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
塑料托盘

托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘

托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘
托盘
托盘
托盘
钢托盘
铁托盘
钢制托盘
塑料托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
铁托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
木制托盘
纸托盘
木塑托盘
柱式托盘
波纹托盘
镀锌托盘
南京托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘
广州托盘
托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
铁托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
木制托盘
纸托盘
木塑托盘
柱式托盘
波纹板托盘
镀锌托盘
南京托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘
广州托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
铁托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
木制托盘
纸托盘
木塑托盘
柱式托盘
波纹托盘
镀锌托盘
南京托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘
广州托盘
托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
铁托盘
木托盘
塑料托盘
木塑托盘
柱式托盘
波纹板托盘
镀锌托盘
南京托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘
广州托盘

托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
铁托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
木制托盘
纸托盘
木塑托盘
柱式托盘
波纹托盘
镀锌托盘
南京托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘
广州托盘
托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
铁托盘
塑料托盘
木托盘
纸托盘
木塑托盘
柱式托盘
波纹板托盘
镀锌托盘
南京托盘
上海托盘
北京托盘
广州托盘


托盘
钢托盘
钢制托盘
托盘
塑料托盘

Posted by: judy | Sep 27, 2007 4:16:12 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.