“Lipstick Traces: A Tale of Two Liberalisms”
AH: I agree that markets are a crucial ingredient of modernity as well as a trans-historical element of human civilization, but in your discussion of markets thus far you don’t get around to the ugly meanings of markets for those of us on the left, whether we identify as liberal or socialist or Marxist or whatever.
JL: We’re close to getting there. The occasion for this conversation is my recent attempt to understand the gradual reduction of liberalism to “neoliberalism” over the last thirty years. Once upon a time, “liberal” was not an epithet except among the ditto-heads who swore by Rush Limbaugh. Nowadays both the Left and the Right share a tired attitude of disgust or distrust toward liberalism as such—so, as a product and a student of the Left, my question becomes, Why? Continue reading