William Vallicella asks of the US Left: “Take away their blind oppositionalism and their venom and what is left?” And he quotes Orwell:
The mentality of the English left-wing intelligentsia can be studied in half a dozen weekly and monthly papers. The immediately striking thing about all these papers is their generally negative querulous attitude, their complete lack at all times of any constructive suggestion.
It pains me to say so, but this is a good shot, isn’t it?
So, here’s my challenge for the Left (and I include myself in this). Forget, for the moment, Iraq. What positive proposals do have to improve the condition of the working class, or any oppressed group, in the western world?*
Here’s one of my modest contributions. And this guy and his links offer inspiration. And in a just and rational world Stephen Marglin, Herbert Gintis, Sam Bowles and John Roemer would get a lot more attention than they do.
So, come on, what else have you/we on the Left got? Or are you all just bleeding hearts and big gobs?
* I take for granted that we support massive increases, and other improvements, in foreign aid.