James Traub replies to my review of his whither-liberalism book. (“Critics” = me, or mostly me; if he named me it would run shorter as a letter to the editor.) He’s sharpened his argument a bit but I’m still unpersuaded. My review:
2/ language of reason — but he left behind a nation consumed by unreason." Not because Dems deserted procedural liberalism. Because Repub party is a crackpot party. Defeat them.
Can the Left Save Liberalism From Trump? What exactly is Traub trying to say? I have a feeling a good essay was edited into incoherence here.
"The opposite of liberalism is not conservatism, as we understand the term in modern America, but populism."
James Traub is continually unhelpful.