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Adolph Reed Jr.: The Surrender of America's Liberals

Moyers, Bill; Reed, Adolph Jr.

Publisher:  Truthout
Date Written:  27/02/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article

Political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. talks with Bill Moyers about his provocative titled article in the March issue of Harper's Magazine, and why the left is no longer a significant force in American politics.



I mean, there are leftists around, certainly. There's no shortage of them. And there are left organizations, and there are people who publish left ideas and kind of think left thoughts. But as a significant force that's capable of shaping the terms of debate in American politics, you know, the left has gone and has been gone for a while.

I often note that, you know, working people in America got more from Richard Nixon than we got from Clinton or Obama. And it's not because he was our fan, right, it's because, you know, the labor movement and what has since been called the social movement of the '60s were dynamic enough forces in the society that even Nixon, who called himself a Keynesian, felt that there was a need to respond to them.

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