A didactic quotation from a recommended reading:

Manhattan Institute senior fellow, director of the Institute’s Center for the American University, and president and trustee of the William E. Simon Foundation

-Dr. James Piereson- Manhattan Institute senior fellow, director of the Institute’s Center for the American University, and president and trustee of the William E. Simon Foundation

 

 

“Liberalism has …exchanged its broad support among the middle classes for the security and political leverage it finds in highly institutionalized sectors of American life. While conservatives now command broad support in public opinion, liberals can claim influence over leading colleges and universities, major newspapers and broadcast outlets, public sector spokesmen, and public employee unions, which in combination can shape—or go a long way toward shaping—the national political debate in the space between elections. Conservatives have learned to fight on this terrain as well, but they are still outflanked by liberals who occupy strategic positions in much closer proximity to government. As the party of “limited government,” conservatism has gradually mobilized its forces at some remove from the state, while liberalism, as the “party of government,” has by degrees attached itself to the state such that in many arenas (education, welfare, the arts) and locations (Sacramento, Albany, Washington, D.C.) it can be difficult to distinguish between them.” – Shattered Consensus, Encounter Books, New York, London, Copyright © 2015 by James Piereson, Page 172.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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