"I Don't Want To Hate You...

...but I don't want to acknowledge you exist."


Heh. Andrew in classic form. The whole series is really fascinating. I'm going to dig back through and get a link. My one question coming out of this is if a particular strain of an ideology doesn't really have a political constituency, can it still claim to exist? A lot of us self-proclaimed progressives like to say that Obama isn't really one of us. Fair enough. But Bernie Sanders is in the Senate. Ben Cardin is in the Senate. Jesse Jackson Jr. is in the House. Who are the conservatives, capable of garnering elected office, who represent the politics that Andrew considers to be "true conservatism?" And who gets to name an ideology? 

I don't know that names are ultimately that important, but I've been thinking about this some. So I went back and read Andrew's explanation for why he wasn't a liberal. I'm really interested in what you guys think of it. I'm still turning it over in my head. But in terms of electoral politics, in terms of how we acted on our beliefs, I don't know that Andrew strikes me as more liberal than conservative. But he certainly strikes me as more of a Democrat than a Republican. 


Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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