Liberalism–An Autopsy

The heirs of the New Deal are down to 20% of the electorate.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
The Wall Street Journal

In the tumultuous history of postwar American liberalism, there has been a slow but steady decline of which liberals have been steadfastly oblivious. The heirs of the New Deal are down to around 20% of the electorate, according to recent Gallup polls. Conservatives account for 42% of the vote, and in the recent election the independents, the second most numerous group at 29% of the electorate, broke the conservatives’ way. They were alarmed by the deficit. They will be alarmed for a long time…

…Conservatives have had Edmund Burke and the Founding Fathers as their cynosures. Sometimes they have provided discipline; sometimes conservatives have followed their own star. The problem for liberals is they have been denied a cynosure. Some had looked to the British Fabian Socialists and some to Karl Marx, but since the late 1940s liberals became coy about their intellectual mentors…

The complete article can be read at The Wall Street Journal.

Update: How Liberalism self-destructed! Also: How to teach a liberal about tax cuts in a few easy steps

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