Regular readers of Attytood (both of you, at this point) know I'm a huge fan of the liberal writer Rick Perlstein: His 2008 book Nixonland -- explaining how the 1960s created the conservative backlash that, in his words, "hasn't ended yet." -- is a must-read for folks of any ideology. Today he started blogging for The Nation and his first piece is a home run -- "Why I am a liberal."
[BEGIN EXCERPT] In the 1930s, a congressman named Maury Maverick defined liberalism in three words: “Freedom plus groceries.” That’s how I define it, too. Liberalism is a both/and philosophy. There is no freedom without groceries. There are no groceries without freedom. What people call “capitalism” and “socialism” are actually one and inseparable. It’s a virtuous circle.
Consider healthcare. We all of us—libertarians, conservatives and liberals—want a growing economy. And we all agree that a growing economy requires entrepreneurial dynamism.