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The Great U-Turn - James C. Bennett - National Review Online:
Admirers and detractors of the United States agree on one point: This country is unusually resistant to the social consensus and set of structures broadly known as “social democracy” or “progressivism.” (Social democracy leans more toward state ownership, progressivism toward state regulation.) Various versions of such schemes have prevailed in Western Europe and Japan, and to a lesser degree in Britain, Canada, and Australia. The characteristics include a wider scope and role for the state, centralization of decision-making in a national bureaucracy, monopolization of power by a set of large institutions, including state-champion corporations and labor unions, and a wide variety of social entitlements for all citizens. This was the classic progressive economic program; since the 1960s, it has also included certain social characteristics, such as official multiculturalism.


Good essay by the author of The Anglosphere Challenge, RTWT.

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pingback_bot
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
The Great U-Turn - James C. Bennett - National Review Online
harvey_rrit
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
"(Social democracy leans more toward state ownership, progressivism toward state regulation.)"

Ah. That's clear now.

So Stalin practiced social democracy, but Mussolini engaged in progressivism.
wombat_socho
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Two roads, same destination. *shrug*
harvey_rrit
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but with Communism you don't get that whole fashion thing.

Ooo, black uniforms with lightning bolts! Evita will just DIE!
wombat_socho
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Ah, those Hugo Boss uniforms. I am reminded of P.J. O'Rourke's assertion that nobody ever had sexual fantasies about Communists. :D
harvey_rrit
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
I believe the quote was, "Liberals like to call me a Nazi. I don't mind. Nobody ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and ravished by someone dressed as a liberal."
wombat_socho
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
You are correct, sir! [/Ed McMahon]
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