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The Red Tory bamboozle 11th February 2009

Political oxymorons are the new black— “libertarian paternalism” under Thaler and Sunstein, “progressive conservatism” under Blond. I had trouble with the first and am having even more trouble with the second. Demos, where Blond is now based, has always been the place where easy oppositions were explored and ultimately dismantled, generally for the better. But on this occasion, I suggest this is an oxymoron best left alone.

My problem with progressive conservatism is not whether we can make it happen—it’s whether we really want to buy into such a distorted notion of progress.…

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