Quote of the Day – The More Things Change Edition

The Republican platform stresses two themes that are not as harmonious as Republican suppose.

One is cultural conservatism. The other is capitalist dynamism. The latter dissolves the former.

Capitalism undermines traditional social structures and values; it is a relentless engine of change, a revolutionary inflamer of appetites, enlarger of expectations, diminisher of patience.

Republicans see no connection between the cultural phenomena they deplore and the capitalist culture they promise to intensify.

George Will, regarding the GOP platform of 1980.

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