Friday, January 28, 2005

The Principles Project

One of my best and oldest friends, Rob Arena, has been involved in a new venture called The Principles Project. The idea is to create a coherent, forward-looking liberalism.

It's an important project, since much of today's liberalism has gone off the rails. A vigorous, intelligent liberalism--think Peter Beinart, not Michael Moore--is essential to the American experiment and I wish Rob and his associates all the best. It'll be interesting to watch in the coming weeks and see what they come up with.


Anonymous said...

It doesn't take much to think about. If you don't have principals, if you don't even know what they mean... you have to change who you are, period. Doesn't the entire notion of finding or reinventing yourself speak the bottom line?

The main motivation driving the Democratic party is hate. Not only a hate for conservative values, but very specific hate for Bush and Christians. An immediate example: we are in Iraq now and the consequences of pulling out would be horrific for the overwhelming majority of innocent Iraqis, but... this is the exactly what Dems want. You've lost your soul. There is truly no sense of humanity. Only a hate toward Bush and not wanting his policy here to succeed.

This project will amount to everything else: pure words - nothing but image. A hollow bible with a false sense of meaning. Your underlying intent will remain any means possible for your end result.


M. Simon said...

The Dems are going to have to figure out how to integrate the insights of DeSoto into their program.

If you are not familiar with DeSoto's work you can read a review here.BTW Bush's "ownership society" proves that he has either read DeSoto or gets it intuitively.


Anonymous said...

Jack you need to cool off. I wasn't directing anything specifically towards you. You've got a rather edgy complex there denying "the worst combination of every liberal idea." But... since you've involved yourself in my thoughts... it is a bit ironic a search for those elusive "principles" immediately points a finger of blame :) 'Those brick-wall conservatives made me lose my soul' LOL!