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Liberalism, Progressivism, and Crony Capitalism

Writing in the Washington Post, George Will discusses Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict (recently published by Telos Press) and the reasons why today’s government serves the wealthy and powerful.

Intellectually undemanding progressives, excited by the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—advocate of the downtrodden and the Export-Import Bank—have at last noticed something obvious: Big government, which has become gargantuan in response to progressives’ promptings, serves the strong. It is responsive to factions sufficiently sophisticated and moneyed to understand and manipulate its complexity.

Hence Democrats, the principal creators of this complexity, receive more than 70 percent of lawyers’ political contributions. Yet progressives, refusing to see this defect—big government captured by big interests—as systemic, want to make government an ever more muscular engine of regulation and redistribution. Were progressives serious about what used to preoccupy America’s left—entrenched elites, crony capitalism and other impediments to upward mobility—they would study “The New Class Conflict,” by Joel Kotkin, a lifelong Democrat.

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