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What the Right Gets Right

by Bill Hayes

In What the Right Gets Right in the New York Times, Thomas B. Edsall, a professor of journalism at Columbia University, asked liberal thinkers what the right gets right. He got a number of answers. Gary Jacobson, a political scientist at the University of California at San Diego, responded:

It recognizes “the importance of material incentives in shaping behavior, and the difficulty in keeping bureaucracies under control and responsive to citizens.”

It is skeptical of “the application of social science theories to real world problems” and cognizant of “human fallibility/corruptibility.”

It places a high value on “liberty/autonomy.” [more]