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What’s wrong with the left, Chapter MMMCCLXXXIV

Matthew Yglesias nails it:

In truth, the fight over the [Alabama] tax code is much more important in terms of the substantive goals of progressive politics and I would much prefer that Alabama plaster its public buildings with commandments and adopt a poor-friendly tax system than have the opposite outcome that it looks like we’re going to get.

I’ve already posted on Republican Governor Bob Riley’s brave effort to reform the Alabama tax code. And of course I couldn’t resist taking a poke at Justice Moore and his Ten Commandments monument. But the fact that most liberals appear more interested in the latter than the former is both unsurprising and profoundly discouraging.

It all reminds me again of David Bromwich’s astute observation about the left’s victory in the cultural war and its defeat in the political war.

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