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

More

...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. 


Jump to comments

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.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of CardsThis American LifeThe Moth, and more reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

From This Author