DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN….Mickey Kaus reprints

DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN….Mickey Kaus reprints this Daniel Patrick Moynihan quote today:

The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.

He’s right: that’s a helluva good quote. It contains a lot of wisdom in only 34 words.

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