I’m very glad about the reception of my last few posts here and at The League, but there seems to be some persisting misconception of the direction of my politics. Let me clear the air.
Recently I have written a defense of public libraries; a defense of public sector unions and organized labor more broadly; a defense of public sector pensions; a question about how to revive organized labor in America; a snarky post about austerity-now doomsayers; a snarky post about Paul Ryan; a long rambling thing about school reform. Probably other stuff I’m forgetting. Anyways…
I note all of this just to point out that this sort of thing probably ought to be seen as a severing of ties, a casing off of older positions I’ve held without making a big showy thing out of it. In at least a couple of these posts I say as much, noting that I was wrong to believe X and now that I’ve run the necessary intellectual gauntlet I’ve moved to position Y. Suffice to say, I don’t think any of this puts me in good standing with conservative or libertarian camps, and frankly that’s fine. I have no interest in being either, though I do consider myself a civil libertarian. In other words, I’ve changed my mind. The middle class and American workers are facing some tough times in this country, and I think progressives offer the middle and working class the best options – a revival of organized labor strikes me as fundamentally important to the well-being of our society – so that’s where I’m throwing my support. And I feel better about the stuff I’ve written and the positions I’ve taken lately than I have on anything I’ve written in a long time. I think that’s a good sign. I feel comfortable with these new progressive shoes. They fit nicely.
Enough about that, though. Shouldn’t we be talking about how very cool it is that police and fire-fighters are joining the tens of thousands of protestors in Madison and standing in solidarity with their fellow workers against Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting even though they aren’t facing an end to collective bargaining themselves? Because that’s just an awesome show of solidarity. You can show your virtual solidarity by going here.