January 17, 2014

I Had to Give Up Snark to Become a Canadian Pol

Chrystia Freeland, Politico

The Associated Press

Contempt for politics and politicians is particularly dangerous for progressives, or, as we still call ourselves up north, liberals. As a literary pose, snark has often been most stylishly practiced by the anti-establishment writers of the left, but when it comes to politics, it is an ideal tool for the neocons. If your goal is to starve the beast of government, a culture that disdains the state and those chosen to lead it suits you very well indeed. But if you believe there are big jobs that government needs to do, snark makes your task much harder.

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