David Brooks' op-ed in the today's Times is a list of links to some of his favorite political essays of 2004. The only one which sounded interesting enough for me to read was by Peter Beinhart, editor of The New Republic. In the piece he discusses the challenge confronting the American left in trying to redefine liberalism:
The recognition that liberals face an
external enemy more grave, and more illiberal, than George W. Bush
should be the litmus test of a decent left.
A lot of what he has to say aligns precisely with my frustrations with what the Democratic Party has become lately.