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Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s tough lessons for liberals

Politicians in the US today have a lot to learn from Daniel Patrick Moynihan

By Sam Tanenhaus   September 2015

Daniel Patrick Moynihan protesting against the sale of fighter planes to Egypt and Saudi Arabia in 1978. © Diana Walker/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Leave it to an attentive historian to diagnose the state of American politics, its curious mix of passivity and agitation, and to identify its symptoms: “[T]he growth of the mass media of communication and their use in politics have brought politics closer…

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