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Leaving the liberal cocoon

"Leaving the liberal cocoon" Continued...

Issue: "2011 Books of the Year," July 2, 2011

Has publishing conservative books been fun? In the early days it was tremendous fun. You'd publish a book and make people scream, it was like the music of the spheres. I still enjoy that. Getting a manuscript is like getting a gift. There is a danger that as we become the establishment, we'll lose the fun. There's something about being a part of counter-cultural movement.

What can keep things fun? The advent and democratic challenge of new media and new groups. People in the Tea Party are having a tremendous amount of fun. No one has figured out how to make out of the Tea Party movement a Tea Party market. Just as the Republican political movement is being shaken in Washington, I think it will shake the conservative intellectual movement. There are very serious people down at think tanks like AEI, Heritage, and Cato who are having their lunch eaten by a new wave of constitutionalist conservatives.

The left seems to be having less fun . . . A lot of people have asked why there isn't any socialism in America, and I think the answer quite simply is that this is America. I've seen, in my lifetime, the Democratic Party go from the New Deal coalition, with many working-class people, to being a party of the upper middle class, the people with money who promote fashionable causes.

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Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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