Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Phil Agre on conservatism & democracy

Have you ever read an essay that put into words, all at once, all of your most deeply-held but incompletely articulated beliefs on some subject? Phil Agre's What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?, was such an essay for me.

Of course, Agre is tackling a subject that could easily fill the careers of a dozen historians, economists, political scientists, etc., so some oversimplification is inevitable. But I believe that he gets all the high-order bits correct, and he tells a compelling story along the way.

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