Prescription for the Democrats  

In Ronald Reagan’s America, Bob Kuttner has emerged as the Great Refuter. In The Life of the Party, Kuttner bemoans the paucity of Reagan Age journalists attempting to “influence the mainstream debate from the left.” Kuttner is the preeminent exception …





See Liberalism Shrink  

As Charles Krauthammer recounts in this collection of his essays, he came to the New Republic in the late 1970s because, “uniquely among intellectual organs, the New Republic was trying to rescue liberalism from its drift toward defeatist isolationism, and …





At the Democratic Convention  

“It’s been a good convention,” said Machinist President William Winpisinger, who four years earlier had walked out on the last night of the Democratic National Convention rather than support the Carter ticket. “The Democrats have had their spirit restored. They’ve …





Brown’s California–After Proposition 13  

The choice confronting California voters in November’s gubernatorial election was between Jarvis hip and Jarvis square. Both unconventional Jerry Brown and bland Evelle Younger, the Republican challenger, ran a campaign of cutbacks each proclaiming his commitment to a con- stitutional “spending …



Proposition 13: Screwing the Poor  

The main casualty of Proposition 13 within California— and perhaps without—is the dominant politics of the last 40 years. Welfare-state liberalism has almost vanished from the state’s political spectrum. The welfare state itself still limps along, more feebly than before, but without benefit of audible defense. …