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Thursday, November 27, 2003

'Tolerance, freedom, and fairness.'

Outstanding commentary by UCLA political philosopher Andrew Sabl, who writes that his support for Wesley Clark "did not come naturally." After reading Clark's book, Winning Modern Wars, Sabl concludes the following about Clark:

  • Clark is an intensely patriotic internationalist. . .

  • Clark is essentially a pre-Sixties Democrat. . .

  • Clark believes in fighting the war on terrorism — hard, continually, smart, and to win. And he makes an excellent case that Bush's policies are guaranteed to fail at this. . .

  • Clark clearly casts himself as the person making policy, not one of the people debating it. . .

  • Clark doesn't think the personal is political. . .

    His summary of "American virtues" is "tolerance, freedom, and fairness" — about as good a slogan for the Democratic Party as I can think of. His book exudes a welcome politics of "live and let live" rather than "endorse my pain." This is the kind of liberalism that could actually be popular. . .

  • [T]he Army is Biosphere II: a piece of Sweden stuck inside a country that's becoming Brazil. [I.e., the Army's social service programs have important lessons for U.S. domestic policy.] . . .
  • See also Kevin Drum's reviews of recent profiles of Wesley Clark, where I learned about Sabl's essay. The comments in response to both posts are well worth reading.

    Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 27 November 2003 at 9:13 PM

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