Tag: Liberalism (US Politics)

How Liberals Can Be Happier

This view garners further support from the research on happiness. A Pew Research study, for instance, ties the Republican attainment of happiness advantage over Democrats in part to more marriage, greater family satisfaction and higher levels of religious attendance. In a separate study of the conservative-liberal happiness gap, the psychologists Barry R. Schlenker, John Chambers […]

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‘Woke’ Went the Way of ‘P.C.’ and ‘Liberal’

“Woke” has also followed a trajectory similar to that of the phrase “politically correct,” which carried a similar meaning by the late 1980s and early 1990s: “Politically correct,” unsurprisingly, went from describing a way of seeing the world to describing the people who saw the world that way to describing the way other people felt […]

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Critical Race Theory: Discuss

California has also proposed new, nonbinding curriculum guidelines that would expand the high-level math curriculum to include statistics or data science, encourage schools to place all middle school kids in the same level of math, and institute “social justice” themes in course material. The University of California system dropped its SAT requirement for admissions. Several […]

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The Virginia Election Shows Why Democrats Are in Trouble

Days before it became clear that the Republican Glenn Youngkin would win Virginia’s gubernatorial race, pollsters, pundits and political strategists were trying to explain why a race that was the Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s to lose was on its way to being lost. Some explanations were more convincing than others. Least convincing was the suggestion that […]

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The Self-Isolation of the American Left

Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. were among the great champions of progressive ideas in the 20th century. But they didn’t exist within an insular, self-validating community whose values and assumptions were often at odds with those of the rest of society. Increasingly, that cannot be said of modern progressivism. Modern progressivism […]

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The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening

This hypothesis, Voelkel and Brandt contend, has its roots in research that emphasizes that people’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors are strongly influenced by the ideological groups they identify with and is consistent with work suggesting that people’s ideological identifications function like a group identification. According to this view, liberals and conservatives may selectively and flexibly […]

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Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals. Discuss.

A 2018 paper, “Conservatives Report Greater Meaning in Life than Liberals,” by David B. Newman of the University of California-San Francisco, Norbert Schwarz and Arthur Stone of the University of Southern California, and Jesse Graham of the University of Utah, contends that across five studies Conservatives reported more meaning and purpose in life than liberals […]

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The Viktor Orban Effect: Why U.S. Conservatives Love Hungary

The Catholic Church in Poland is a more widely popular and legitimate institution, because of the role it played in resisting communism. In Krakow this winter, I met the philosopher Ryszard Legutko, a former anti-communist dissident who became increasingly disenchanted with liberal democracy in the 1990s, in a way that was illuminating for skeptics of […]

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Pramila Jayapal Won’t Let the Biden Presidency Fail

But Jayapal didn’t find the business world fulfilling, and an internship at a nonprofit in Thailand put her on a different path. In her book, she describes visiting Site 2, an enormous refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border, in 1989. It was, she said, her “first exposure to the travails, trauma, and the dire situations […]

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How Democrats Can Save Themselves

You will note that this banal-seeming wisdom is not an ideological litmus test: Where left-wing ideas are popular, Shor Thought would have Democrats talk about them more. But where they are unpopular, especially with the kind of voters who hold the key to contested Senate races, Democrats need a way to defuse them or hold […]

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Cheer Up, Liberals. You Have the America You Wanted.

Five years later the Democrats would nominate an Iraq War opponent named Barack Hussein Obama and win decisively. By 2016, Bushism would be essentially repudiated in the Republican Party by Donald Trump. Today the vestiges of early-2000s hawkishness survive in establishment opposition to Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal, but dovishness is often a political asset rather than […]

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Cancel Culture: Are We Overreacting?

Joel FeiginGoleta, Calif.The writer is professor emeritus of music composition at the University of California Santa Barbara. To the Editor: Michelle Goldberg argues that older liberals complaining about cancel culture are upset because they used to be cool young lefties and now they aren’t. There is surely some truth to this. At least at universities, […]

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Biden Pulls Back on Infrastructure Bill, Tying It to Social Policy Measure

WASHINGTON — President Biden, facing an intraparty battle over his domestic agenda, put his own $1 trillion infrastructure bill on hold on Friday, telling Democrats that a vote on the popular measure must wait until Democrats pass his far more ambitious social policy and climate change package. In a closed-door meeting with Democrats on Capitol […]

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On Charles W. Mills, a Great Philosopher We Lost This Week

And in his last book, “Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism,” Mills offered views on everything from the nature of race — “a social materiality rooted in the relation between the individual body and the body politic” — to the very project of “ideal theory” itself, pushing philosophers to engage more with society […]

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