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The Democrats' Dilemma Paperback – April 15, 1992
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Here we see the ideology of traditional labor liberalism. This is the 'hard hat' liberalism which sought to implement labor protections, universal health care, free public education and progressive taxation on the rich. Yet, this 'old liberalism' was taken by the New Left which made Mondale feel uncomfortable.
Yet, as the author does not note all too much, the conflict within the Democratic party over the issues and ideology does go much further than simply 'new' and 'old' left. There are a variety of Democrats within the left or left leaning spectrum. There are Labor Democrats and New Deal Democrats, who are culturally conservative or moderate but economically left leaning. There are civil libertarian Democrats, who tend to emphasize social issues and civil liberties. There are "New Left" Democrats, as the book notes. Within the center, there are Moderate Southern Democrats, who are New Democrats, who tend to be conservative on cultural issues than slightly progressive on economic issues and then there are New Democrats of the North and East who are more liberal on social issues but fiscally conservative or right of center. Then, alas, there are truly Southern Democrats, who are conservative on most issues, and Blue Dog Democrats as well. This is a huge party with many conflicts - yet, the party is united on the agenda of activist government to the benefit of the masses. That is Mondale's ultimate agenda. The author paints it quite well.