“American Burke” author Greg Weiner discusses Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “decision to use Moynihan as the literary framework . . . for his powerful investigation into what he aptly calls America’s ‘carceral state.'” Weiner explaines that Coates, “does not impute that state to Moynihan, but his association of the topics has encouraged others to do so.” In an editorial piece for The Huffington Post, Weiner makes a compelling argument for Moynihan’s exoneration versus excoriation.
Many thanks to The American Prospect for the stellar coverage of Greg Weiner’s “American Burke.” Excerpted: “Weiner has culled and explicated consistent themes from Moynihan’s long career of cautious reformism, at once unorthodox even as it was—mostly—respectful of liberal traditions. Weiner concludes that we miss him—specifically, his ‘appeal to both sides … [his] capacity to draw certain strains of the contemporary Right and Left together.’ Today, this would be a challenge. Edmund Burke himself, I submit, could not draw the contemporary right and left together. If we miss Pat—and we do—it’s because he courageously and so often justifiably was willing to tell each side when, and how, they were wrong.”
The Huffington Post features UPK author Greg Weiner’s thoughts on Daniel Patrick Moynihan. “Half a century after being convicted without trial of racism and sexism for calling attention to the deterioration of African-American families, Daniel Patrick Moynihan now stands accused of what may prove to be an equally unforgivable sin: bad social science.
Such is the charge Daniel Geary levels in a recent essay at In These Times, in which he laments the supposedly ‘uncritical celebration’ of the Moynihan Report’s 50th anniversary this year, preferring instead that the landmark document be allowed to ‘enjoy a long-delayed natural death.'”
For further reading, check out “American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.”