Structural Flaw

Judis, John B.
February 2005
New Republic;2/28/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 7, p20
Examines the history of liberalism in the U.S. in an attempt to put the plight of present-day liberalism in perspective. Structural factors underlying why recent Democratic presidents, including Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, failed to enact liberal programs, whereas past Democrats, like Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, were successful; Franklin D. Roosevelt's definition of himself as a liberal, making him the first U.S. president to do so; Basis of Roosevelt's liberalism, which included the Wilsonian belief that a strong government was needed to regulate a complex civilization and the Jacksonian belief in economic equality. INSET: 'Liberal' enters the American political lexicon, thanks to TNR..


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