Martin Peretz, on liberalism, in the New Republic. As an ex-Leftie myself, it gives me no great pleasure to agree with him. Without a genuine conflict of ideas, democracy suffers:

Ask yourself: Who is a truly influential liberal mind in our culture? Whose ideas challenge and whose ideals inspire? Whose books and articles are read and passed around? There's no one, really. What's left is the laundry list: the catalogue of programs (some dubious, some not) that Republicans aren't funding, and the blogs, with their daily panic dose about how the Bush administration is ruining the country.

(via Belmont Club)

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