Liberal Guilt

Ezra Klein gets jiggy with his sad self:

Ross has an interesting rejoinder to Ron Rosenbaum’s defense of liberal guilt, and he asks, “Its political consequences aside, is guilt an appropriate response to the sins of your ancestors (whether biological or ideological)? Or is it a character flaw – a form of self-congratulatory scrupulosity…what’s at issue in the debate over ‘liberal guilt’ isn’t whether Buckley should feel guilty about what Buckley did; it’s whether I, as a twentysomething conservative, should feel guilty about what he did – and, more broadly, whether I, as a twentysomething white American, should feel guilty about what white Americans used to do to black Americans.”

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