Monday, March 21, 2005

More war thoughts

This recent article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review “War of Ideas, Why mainstream and liberal foundations and the think tanks they support are losing in the war of ideas in American politics” interestingly builds on our discussions. The conservatives over the last 30 years have framed the debate – if you’re not conservative, you’re liberal – but it’s inherently “not the liberal way” to plow ahead without considering other ideologies. How likely is it that TTs likes the Brookings Institute are going to compromise their standing to say they are liberal just because the conservatives have created this environment? But if they and the others don’t say they’re liberal, does it make the liberal side seem quiet and allow more conservative domination? Geographically speaking, if Americans had to draw a conservative zone and a liberal zone randomly across a U.S. map, what would they draw as larger? And would this be true? My guess is that they would think there are more conservatives on one side of this fabricated divide (to Aaron's point), but that this likely isn’t a true representation… but as we’ve said, reality is often really perception. I agree with Amanda in that the conservatives perhaps created this ideological war out of a sheer urge to dominate. So what are the liberals to do, compromise their beliefs for the sake of winning a war they didn't frame or seek?

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