[I]f the left is to have a successful future it must continue to embrace liberal values (in the classical sense) where it already does so, and it must begin to embrace them where, as yet, it does not. As is well known, much of the history of the left has been associated with illiberalism, including of a most lethal kind, and the antics Taibbi is put off by and apologias we've been hearing from the same quarter since 9/11 reinforce that association. The word is only a word, . . . but the central values it has stood for are values the left has to make its own, and a continuity through use of the word is one good way of registering that.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
From the perspective of a recovering leftist, there's a lot to like about honest progressives such as Norm Geras: