From "Why Progressive Institutions Are Unsustainable," an essay by our own Richard Epstein, in The New Leviathan, the latest volume from Encounter Books:
Matters do not become, nor do they remain, this grim simply by chance. Consistent bad results can only be explained by consistent bad policies. Bad policies in turn rest on an unsound worldview....The nation must choose between the oft-rejected classical liberalism of its founding period and the modern progressive stance that served as the foundation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.
I strongly embrace the former and roundly reject the latter. There is no middle ground.
Have you ever read a more succinct or compelling statement of the choice we face?