William Voegeli seems to understand modern liberalism from the inside. In Never Enough (foreword by Steve Hayward), Voegeli explains why contemporary liberals can never tell you when you have paid your “fair share.” It’s a mystery that had always troubled me. Well, they want it all.
Along with Paul Rahe’s Soft Despotism, it is a key to understanding the Age of Obama. I wrote about the book in “An old argument revisited.” Bill’s new preface to the forthcoming paperback edition of the book appears online here and is published in the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books.
Taxes are of course a key battleground in the struggle. In his new essay, Voegeli eloquently argues “Not a penny more.” When we consider the tax increases that are cooked into Obamacare alone, let alone the other tax increases scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, Voegeli’s essay should become something like a manifesto.