Magazine article Tikkun

Hayden's Puzzlingly Narrow Agenda

Magazine article Tikkun

Hayden's Puzzlingly Narrow Agenda

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We like Tom Hayden's persistence. Too many sixties idealists have refused to subject their ideals to the rough and tumble of electoral politics. Good for Tom!

Moreover, more than most politicos, Hayden has an understanding of the spiritual needs that are often ignored in American politics.

But you'd never know it from the way he frames his political campaigns. Over and over again, Hayden focuses on narrow economistic issues and on electoral reform, The meaning issues are systematically ignored, and any spiritual vision for politics is shunned. His campaign should be a perfect prooftext for those liberals and progressives who think that the reason Democrats are losing is because they are not really advocating their liberal stuff. Hayden is and it is a losing ticket.

Moreover, it is a losing ticket in a city that voted against the dismantling of affirmative action, a city that has huge minority groups many of whom are poor and many of whom have benefited little from Mayor Riordan's fiscal conservatism. Yet this "natural constituency" for liberal politics can no longer be counted on to rally for a politics of narrow material self-interest that ignores the ethical and spiritual context of their lives. …

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