I cracked open my copy of David Mamet's "The Secret Knowledge", just arrived in the mail today. Here is a prolific writer and life-long Liberal (by which I mean progressive, in this case, agreeing with the modern colloquial sense) who at age 60 had a revelation.
This really stuck out:saw that I had been living in a state of ignorance, accepting an unexamined illusion and calling it "compassion", but that there were those brave enough to work their way through the prevailing slogans of their time, and reason toward a consistent, practicable understanding of human relations. To these, politics was not the manipulation of the ignorant and undecided, but the dedication to the defense and implementation of just, first principles, for example, those of the United States Constitution.Really sums it up rather well, doesn't it?
the manipulation of the ignorant and undecided -- Is that not a great description of what traditional (leftist) "Community Organizing" is all about?
Footnote on that same page:
The right and the left, I saw, differ not about programs, but about goals -- the goal of the Left is a government-run country and that of the right is the freedom of the individual from government. These goals are difficult to reconcile, as the Left cannot be brought to actually state its intentions, nor to honestly evaluate the results of its actions.