Left for dead : the life, death, and possible resurrection of progressive politics in America /
Michael Tomasky.
New York : Free Press, c1996.
vii, 226 p. ; 23 cm.
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New York : Free Press, c1996.
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According to Tomasky, a columnist for New York magazine, the left end of the political spectrum needs to revisit its most fundamental assumptions. "It's a basic rule of evolution: adapt, or die," he says. In clear, jargon-free prose, Tomasky chides leftists for favoring shopworn slogans over concrete policy prescriptions. Rather than bringing fresh ideas to bear on welfare, immigration, affirmative action, and other critical issues, progressives have ceded the public debate to others, he charges, by turning a blind eye to the feelings of middle-class Americans. "Left and right are both guilty," he says, "of applying inflexible ideology to a real world in which the factors in operation are far more complicated and nuanced than either side allows." But the Left, far more than the Right, has lost any sense of a connection to a mass constituency that can reasonably aspire to political power. This discerning critique of contemporary progressive and multicultural politics is likely to provoke discussion across the Left/Right divide. Recommended for all libraries.‘Kent Worcester, Social Science Research Council, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Bleached Bones and Jumbled Residuesp. 1
A Handful of Smoke: What Is the Left?p. 31
Marriage of Inconvenience: The Left and the Democratsp. 52
E Unum Pluribus: The Politics of Identityp. 74
Questions, But Never Answers: Welfarep. 96
Doing the Right's Work: Immigrationp. 118
Faith in Something Better: Affirmative Actionp. 140
Armies Unconsidered: Health Carep. 166
The Long Road Backp. 186
Indexp. 215
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