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The Collective Turn

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David Brooks, who is a conservative voice, but not one of the irrational 'pundits' said this of the president's speech: 'The best Inaugural Addresses make an argument for something. President Obama's second one, which surely has to rank among the best of the past half-century, makes an argument for a pragmatic and patriotic progressivism.... Obama argued that America has to change its approach if it wants to continue its progress. Modern problems like globalization, technological change, widening inequality and wage stagnation compel us to take new collective measures if we're to pursue the old goals of equality and opportunity.Obama wasn't explicit about why we have failed to meet these challenges. But his critique was implicit. There has been too much 'me' -- too much individualism and narcissism, too much retreating into the private sphere. There hasn't been enough 'us...'

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