Camille Paglia Answers Reader Letters: Democratic Ideology


Interesting quote:

“Something has gone seriously wrong with Democratic ideology, which seems to have become a candied set of holier-than-thou bromides attached like tutti-frutti to a quivering green Jell-O mold of adolescent sentimentality.”

Quite an image.  I like the term adolescent sentimentality, which is how I would describe the ethos of NPR’s This American Life (not exactly the height of Democratic thought, though somewhat representative).  

The word on the street is that Democrats are ideologically lacking, and contracting culturally and politically as they follow their ideas to their logical conclusions.  I’m not entirely convinced…though I’m tired of the lack of solid reasoning behind the global warming and feminist movements which gain public support by default. 

Even if you could prove this is true (and there are some cases to make), the Republican party seems to be following suit.  And as in any party’s base, there is enough frightening ignorance and ideology to go around.  This may help explain the growth of the libertarian party (with a richer blend of ideological nuttiness).

So…what to do…if this analysis is even somewhat accurate…

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