The Varieties of Liberal Enthusiasm
The Left’s political zealotry increasingly resembles religious experience.
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Cast your mind back to January 2009, when Barack Obama became the president of the United States amid much rejoicing. The hosannas—covering the inauguration was “the honor of our lifetimes,” said MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews—by then seemed unsurprising. Over the course of a long campaign, hyperbolic rhetoric had become commonplace, so much so that online wags had started calling Obama “the One”—a reference to the spate of recent science-fiction movies, especiallyThe Matrix, that used that term to designate a messiah.
Read more at:The Varieties of Liberal Enthusiasm by Benjamin A. Plotinsky, City Journal Spring 2010