I just sent the following email to Ezra Klein, founder of Vox.com and host of The Ezra Klein Show podcast.
SUBJECT: Critique the “Political Spectrum”
Ezra, I love the show, the format, and how you conduct it. I especially like the concluding three-book question.
I suggest you engage with a guest who challenges the left-right spectrum. I have not heard you adequately explain that frame. Please explore:
What is “liberalism” and “conservatism”?
Why do you want to defeat conservatism?
Does “conservatism” affirm some, or many, valuable principles?
Do we need another worldview that integrates legitimate elements from each ideology?
I suspect you could consider these issues in a way that would help me and other listeners clarify our thinking on this important issue.
Harry Boyte [“Populism and John Dewey: Convergences and Contradictions”) is one possible guest. Ken Wilber, Trump and a Post-Truth World, (good summary here) might be another.
With great respect,