Monday, November 21, 2011

Jonathan Chait Asks: "When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable"



Jonathan Chait has written another critique of liberals. In a recent New York Magazine column, he asks "When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable"? Unreasonable, of course, means criticizing President Obama for taking rightwing or centrist positions.

Several others have written this jaded analysis before. The details are quite mundane (see relevant commentary on Dissenting Justice).

But here is a not-so-mundane response to Chait. With respect to US history, I believe that "liberals" became "unreasonable" when they demanded full suffrage and emancipation for blacks in the early 19th Century. Thankfully, some folks in US history had courage.

Chait's essay is just another strained analysis by political moderates, who are so threatened by progressive criticism that they feel a constant need to defend so-called liberal politicians and condemn the Left.

5 comments:

Caro said...

When did critics of liberals begin to think they're always right and we're always wrong?

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

Amy said...

When did the media pundits become so tea party is the real question! Sorry but demanding the president of the united states to serve the people (real people not corporations) who elected him is as reasonable as it gets!

I'm becoming increasingly worried of the public taboo of defending average people over corporate interests.

Eventually this country will have to ask itself an important question; are we more interested in making a profit? Or are we more interested in making a difference?

Justin said...

Oops! That was me BTW, not my wife Amy. I didn't realize she was signed in.:)

Joyce L. Arnold said...

Here's to many more "unreasonable" liberals.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Justin: well said!
Carolyn: great question.

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