Entries Tagged as 'Liberalism'

How Left-Wing is Obama?

David Frum September 25th, 2011 at 11:07 pm 111 Comments

America is engaged in a dual-track conversation about the President’s core beliefs. Conservatives by and large express conviction that he is a fervent radical, certainly a socialist, perhaps a Marxist – even (in the telling of the old Glenn Beck TV show) a Maoist!

Self-described leftists, on the other hand, write things like this:

If activists on the left want to alter this reality, they will have to figure out how to redefine the old ideal of economic justice for the age of the Internet and relentless geographic mobility. During the last election, many hoped that the organizing around Barack Obama’s presidential campaign would do just that. Yet, since taking office, Mr. Obama has only rarely made an effort to move the public conversation in that direction.

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Were Our Enemies Right?

David Frum August 3rd, 2011 at 3:16 pm 187 Comments

In February 1982, Susan Sontag made a fierce challenge to a left-wing audience gathered at New York’s Town Hall:

Imagine, if you will, someone who read only the Reader’s Digest between 1950 and 1970, and someone in the same period who read only The Nation or The New Statesman. Which reader would have been better informed about the realities of Communism? The answer, I think, should give us pause. Can it be that our enemies were right?

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Res Judicata: Wal-Mart Decision Ends the “Great Society” in our Courts

August 1st, 2011 at 12:01 pm 11 Comments

In 1966, advice as part of explosion of federal programs that are collectively known as the so-called “Great Society, medicine ” Congress amended Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which governs “class actions.”  Prior to that time such cases were rare even though the Rule had been in existence since 1938.  But the term “class action” had not entered the legal or public lexicon, and the few lawyers who brought such cases achieved little for their clients or themselves by way of fees.

Lyndon Johnson and the huge Democratic majority elected in 1964 sought to make Rule 23 a tool  for liberal lawyers to wield in federal courts in the name of civil rights.  So Congress literally rewrote the  Rule to encourage plaintiffs’ lawyers to bring such cases and judges to certify them as class actions.   Click here to read more