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tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 04 9:27 am    Post subject: Where Have all the Liberals Gone?  Reply with quote    

Radio 4 Thursday 20:30 Analysis
Where Have all the Liberals Gone?

Right and left seem to agree that when it comes to law and order, we need more sticks and fewer carrots. David Blunkett and Tony Blair argue that everything went wrong in the 1960s, thanks to the pernicious influence of weak-kneed liberals.

Paradoxically, however, we are now freer than ever when it comes to our private life. Historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto asks whether the liberal consensus has vanished forever.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 04 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Where Have all the Liberals Gone? Reply with quote    

Tahir wrote:

Paradoxically, however, we are now freer than ever when it comes to our private life. Historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto asks whether the liberal consensus has vanished forever.


Anyone recall "The end of history" another load of hyperbole from a few years back!

We are undoubtably in a very "reactionary" period at the moment, but "vanished forever" I think not.

jema

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 04 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This one could be interesting.
I often wonder if the Liberal consesus ever existed in the same way acedemics use the word. Does it relate to the attitudes of society (whatever that is) or the mainstream political parties and government?

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 04 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's just a bit of sensationalism, liberalism is always there, just not very popular at the moment

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 04 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The one's with a small l are crying in front of the TV, I'm informed
Sadly, that's probably still true.

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