From 60 years ago, a warning about “elite” liberals

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March 9, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in PND Commentary

"The past three years have witnessed a renewal of faith in progressive social policy, a faith embodied in President Obama's pledge to lead an administration dedicated to 'change we can believe in.' It is a faith that, in an earlier incarnation, made one liberal, the Columbia teacher and literary critic Lionel Trilling, uncomfortable. In his book The Liberal Imagination, published in 1950, Trilling pointed to the 'dangers which lie in our most generous wishes.' Progressives, Trilling observed, believe that through the 'rational direction of human life' they can alleviate misery. But the reformers, he showed, are too often oblivious of the truth of their own motives." (03/09/11)  

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