Why Conservatives Tell Stories and Liberals Don’t: Reflections on Enchantment and Disenchantment |

Why Conservatives Tell Stories and Liberals Don’t: Reflections on Enchantment and Disenchantment

Synopsis:

American conservatives, who do not all agree among themselves, have nevertheless fashioned and promoted a powerful narrative about American life; American liberals have not. This mismatch does not arise from liberal incompetence but from an inherent shortcoming in the liberal approach to public life. Thus it is possible to describe the two camps -- following Weber's claim that modernity is a function of disenchantment -- as living on opposite sides of the enchantment vs. disenchantment spectrum. In these circumstances, conservatives are (1) more likely than liberals to believe that life can be explained via stories – say of The Creation or The Marketplace -- and (2) more likely than liberals to feel comfortable using stories to explain to voters what public policy should strive to achieve.

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Speaker(s):

David Ricci, Professor, Political Science Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Date:
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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