Monday, April 4

It's not just in the rarefied climes of The Nation that this sense of liberal unreality surfaces. Barely three weeks after the election the trendy MoveOn.org, the motor force of the so-called "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," rallied its adherents coast-to-coast in a round of 1,600 house meetings. The assembled liberal activists -- some 18,000 -- polled themselves and then published their top six political priorities. The results, in order, tell you all you need to know about the current state of progressive detachment and denial. Election reform and media reform came in first and second. The war in Iraq was third, followed by the environment, the Supreme Court, and civil liberties. In short, the biggest problems liberals face are those damned voting machines and Fox News. Glaringly absent from this activist wish list is anything vaguely resembling an aggressive populist agenda. The MoveOn plan provides no answers to those sweaty plebes out there who are "stoked" by kulturkampf rhetoric as well as all-too-real fears about their jobs, wages, health insurance, and school tuition.
A review of George Lakoff's book "Don't Think of an Elephant."

4 comments:

  1. You might want to find time for a statistics class in your graduate studies, paying close attention to biases introduced in non-random sampling.

    Once you get that under your belt, I recommend a debate class, paying attention to the general ineffectiveness of condescending rhetoric. ('course, I missed that one myself)

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  2. Anonymous9:09 AM

    So Alan, in plain English, if I understand what you are saying...it's that those who identify themselves with MoveOn.org do not necessarily represent the entire population of progressives in this country, because they were a self-selected sample and not chosen at random?

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  3. Well, self-selected sample is a bit too fancy for plain english. "What do you expect a group of people who went to the trouble to register with and possibly donate to a website based on raising money for a media campaign in the 2004 election would say the biggest concerns facing the country were?" is a bit more Mr. Plain English

    If you pressed Mr. Plain English, he'd point out that taking an antagonistic tone toward people who are, in all likelihood, at least sympathetic towards populist notions (depending on you definition of populist) never got anyone anywhere.

    His brother, Mr. Pedantic, would point out that both civil rights and ending a war have at least hints of populism about them.

    Their cousin, Mr. Drinky, could not be reached for comment, as he was out. Drinking.

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  4. Ah, ok Alan, I will do the stats research when I write the articles. Or maybe I should do them before I share any articles I might like or think inspire debate.

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