Achieving our Country
Richard Rorty on this book: "Insofar as a Left becomes spectatorial and retrospective, it ceases to be a Left. I argue in these lectures that the American Left, once the old alliance between the intellectuals and the unions broke down in the course of the Sixties, began to sink into resigned spectatorship. Leftists in the academy have permitted cultural politics to supplant real politics, and have collaborated with the Right in making cultural issues central to public debate. They are spending energy which should be directed at proposing new laws, on discussing topics very remote from their country’s needs. The academic Left has no projects to propose to America, no vision of a country to be achieved by building a consensus on the need for specific reforms."
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