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December 21, 2002

THE NEW YORK TIMES HAS AN INTERESTING ARTICLE on the problems facing today's liberalism in an age of terrorism.

I have to say, though, that while today's liberalism may be inadequate to current events, I think that the more muscular liberalism of previous decades -- the kind favored by the anticommunist Cold War liberals, for example -- would have been up to the task. One of the problems facing liberalism is that it has made lefty academics and journalists into its party theoreticians, and they're not up to the job.

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