Thursday, August 03, 2006

"Yipsels"

The distinguished political scientist James Q. Wilson has said (roughly) that "the most important arguments of the 20th century started "as arguments within the socialist party."
In America, the "Yipsels" (Young People Socialist League) has splits, and splits within splits.

My best friend in Washington for many years --- Penn Kemble --- was a a former chairman. So was Josh Muravchik my foreign policy guide at AEI, and Carl Gershman head of the National Endowment for Democracy, is another.

They have indeed been important players, helping to shape our nation and our world.

2 Comments:

Anonymous XC said...

I admire the way you can make a fair judgment of these great thinkers without falling for the knee-jerk condemnation of anyone who has ever been associated with socialism, which is so often found among people on the Right (**cough** The American Conservative **cough**).

August 03, 2006  
Blogger Ben Wattenberg said...

XC --- thanks. Some conservatives are almost as bad as the far out lefties....

August 03, 2006  

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