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Are we fiddling, while the barbarians of religion storm the gates?

This sounds not the least bit racist.......

Is liberalism too Pollyanna in the face of poverty-driven fanaticism?

I doubt that many here would label themselves as liberals.  There's a socialist or at least social democratic (of the unreconstructed variety) strain to the debate here.

Which brings me to a simple question.  If poverty is the root of fanaticism, isn't it better to combat poverty than get sucked into the meaningless fight that is the culture wars?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 03:46:38 AM EST

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