Today’s political problems come from both liberals and conservatives being too nostalgic about the 1950’s. Liberals miss the dominance of unions, job security, and good wages. Conservatives miss the strong families, social stability, and conservative values. None of that is possible anymore, and yet both sides are fixated on bringing part of that back, while still opposing the other part. So argues a new book by Yuval Levin, reviewed by Michael Gerson after the jump.
I would just add that both sides are also nostalgic for the ’60s. Now even conservatives are anti-establishment, and the left is nostalgic for the good feelings of the civil rights movement and is seeking to replicate that by championing other groups.
I would also propose developing policies that restore what was good about the 1950s from both sides: economic security for ordinary workers plus conservative social values, two areas that might themselves be related to each other. Being sure to include minority groups in both the prosperity and the values. Do you think both sides could rally to that cause?