Ed Driscoll

"The Class Struggle of Jim Webb"

In an article for The American, his own dramatically retooled magazine for the American Enterprise Institute, publisher James K. Glassman writes of James Webb, “Billed as a moderate, the new Virginia senator sounds more like an old-school leftist”:

Webb was widely portrayed as a centrist in a race in a state that has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1964. But such terms–left, center, right–mean less and less. Virginia Postrel, in her superb 1998 book The Future and Its Enemies, distinguished between dynamists, who, with realism and enthusiasm, welcome the opportunities of a new world of technology and global exchange, and advocates of stasis, like Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan, who fear and rail against the changes.