Books and the crisis of American liberalism
"The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes,"' Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers, said in a recent interview. "It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes' on every page."What snobbish, foolish bullshit.
Does reading Harry Potter or the Da Vinci Code make you more progressive? Was going into Borders to buy the latest Michael Moore hit a defining feature of the black Southerners who sat in the whites only section of the diner? Did the factory workers who won fought for a ten-hour day in the nineteenth century come home and browse Amazon.com's reader recommendations at the end of working day?
And, as Jogo noted, did "the Karl Roves of this world" come up with slogans like "No blood for oil" or "All power to the soviets"?
With people like Pat Schroeder, no wonder liberalism in America is in deep crisis.
For some of the books conservatives read, look at these Opinion Journal lists: Five Best books on the relationship between religion and the state or Five best books on the founding of America.