National Review / Digital
Bill de Blasio’s New York
It has a lot of poor people, and the rich liberals like it that way


Chances are that Bill de Blasio will be the next mayor of New York City. As the Democratic nominee in an overwhelmingly Democratic metropolis that voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by an 81 percent–to–18 percent margin in last year’s presidential election, de Blasio has a built-in advantage. The question that remains is whether his all-but-inevitable victory represents a new phase in the history of American liberalism.

Some observers, including Peter Beinart (writing in The Daily Beast), have argued that de Blasio is a harbinger of an energized political Left, led by Millennials who, according to data from the Pew Research Center, favor bigger government at much higher levels than the rest of the electorate, and at higher levels than younger voters of earlier eras.

October 14, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 19

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Mary Eberstadt reviews Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative, by Michael Novak.
  • Kevin A. Hassett reviews The Growth Experiment Revisited: Why Lower, Simpler Taxes Really Are America’s Best Hope for Recovery, by Lawrence B. Lindsey.
  • Colin Dueck reviews Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan, by Henry R. Nau.
  • Theodore Dalrymple reviews American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System, by E. Fuller Torrey.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Drinking Buddies.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses the wall of sound.
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