A Hollowed-Out Keynesian Warfare State
American Democracy Today and Historically

Goldner, Loren

Year Published:  2003  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX9100

The Democratic Party today is a party of corporate lawyers. Forty years ago, it was still rooted in local urban political machines and in the unions. A similar gap has arisen between the business elite that controls the Republican Party and the small-town lower-middle class constituency that supports the Republican "cultural agenda" of a backlash against "permissiveness", as on the abortion issue, or the separation of church and state. The entire official political system is mobilized with a "hard" Hobbesian edge against the "social": the program is to close factories, close schools, close hospitals, build prisons.

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