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The Politics of Gratitude and the Politics of Contempt

July 25, 2014

At its core, the disagreement between left and right can be explained as a rift between those who hold the injustices of their society in contempt and advocate radical change and those who are grateful their society is as good as it is and seek to preserve what’s good about it. This is National Affairs editor Yuval Levin’s sense of the difference between left and right, but the difference goes yet deeper. Prompted by Tikvah’s executive director Eric Cohen, Levin explains how left and right break down into a debate as fundamental as how high our expectations of society should be.


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