Plumb Lines

May 18, 2009

George Will: Fair Weather Aristotelian

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 4:39 pm

I don’t think there should be a one-to-one correspondence between the Politics and modern conservative policy prescriptions, but you’d think George Will would be at least little more susceptible to such eminently Aristotelian rhetoric:

On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson, speaking at the University of Michigan, announced plans to transform America by leading it “upward to the Great Society.” Exhorting the Class of 1964 to “indignation,” he said America was in danger of being “buried under unbridled growth.” The implication was clear: Government must put a bridle—and a saddle and snaffle—on Americans, the better to, LBJ said, “enrich and elevate” their lives above “soulless wealth” and to serve “the desire for beauty and the hunger for community.”

David Schaengold

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