The Public Interest

Can the Left be put back together again?

Clifford Orwin

Winter 1999

IN Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth- Century America, † Richard Rorty shows that his heart is in the right place, which as anatomists know is on the left. He further shows that the intellectual Left today is in the wrong place.  Rorty makes this case eloquently and persuasively. Still, he doesnt seem the prophet to lead the Left out of the wilderness. Despite his good intentions, he offers nothing in the way of policies likely to recapture the allegiance of the American public. 

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