Sunday, January 15, 2012

Politics:  Where Are the Liberals?

Why aren't there more liberals in America?
There are now two conservatives in this country for every liberal. Over the past 40 years, liberalism has been astonishingly incapable at expanding its market share.

The most important explanation is what you might call the Instrument Problem. Americans may agree with liberal diagnoses, but they don't trust the instrument the Democrats use to solve problems. They don't trust the federal government.

Why don't Americans trust their government? It's not because they dislike individual programs like Medicare. It's more likely because they think the whole system is rigged. Or to put it in the economists' language, they believe the government has been captured by rent-seekers.

For more, see Where Are the Liberals? by David Brooks, January 9, 2012 at NYTimes.com.

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