Category Archives: Linda Gordon

January 31, 2009, 6:29 pm

What Will Be The “Obama Effect” for Women?

Over time the American conservative movement has actually agreed about few things. But ultimately, one might argue, it came together largely over a combined hatred of the New Deal and its children, Harry Truman’s Fair Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. This hatred –which was ultimately expressed in polemic form as the need to defend the traditional nuclear family from the state — coalesced over the course of three generations and came to embrace a broad social and geographical constituency over time.

We who are on the left, while we do not believe that the state is unequivocally our friend, also believe in the capacity of the government to legislate our protection and support as a people: national health insurance, civil rights protection, pensions and employment equity are important categories where we think government intervention has been, and will be, successful. But…

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