Questions of Greatness

October 25, 2004 | The New Yorker |

Senior Fellow George Packer argues that liberalism remains the key to national greatness.

In the past few years, America has grown manifestly less equal and less free even while offering itself as a model to undemocratic countries. The next President could help our case before the world by acknowledging these facts and using the power of the office to begin correcting them. He wouldn't have to call himself a liberal; he could simply act like one.