Source: Challenging the Dogmas of Right and Left – The Atlantic, by David Frum
Two authors, Mark Lilla and Henry Olsen, see a politics rejecting the broad messages of Roosevelt and Reagan for the narrow claims of victim-group grievance and purist ideology.
Olsen and Lilla share a message: Politics must be affirmative. Opposition—whether to “big government” or “white supremacy”—is a mood, not a program.
The haunting question behind both books, however, is whether there still exists the social basis for the politics they want.