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"Red Toryism" may claim to be progressive, but instead harks back to a time of fear, destitution and powerlessness. Rousseau would certainly have disapproved

By Catherine Fieschi   February 2009

Political oxymorons are the new black. “Libertarian paternalism” under Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, now “progressive conservatism” under Phillip Blond. I had trouble with the first and am having even more trouble with the second. Renewed inventiveness in the face of crisis? The telltale signs of ideological bankruptcy—or vote-seeking fancy dress?

Don’t get me wrong, Demos, where Blond is now based, has always been the place where easy oppositions were explored and ultimately dismantled; where intuition was tested and then often shown to be incorrect and a hindrance to creativity and progress. So, it isn’t surprising that the Conservatives’ current…

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