The Common Good

Who Are You Calling Liberal?

Source: Patheos
Date: December 7, 2011

Is free enterprise moral? This question was debated by Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, and Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners on November 30th at my alma mater, Gordon College.

What most struck me about the conversation, in fact, was how many points of agreement there were between the two men, purportedly on different sides of the political spectrum. They agreed on their diagnoses of our nation's problems—individual and family morality was discussed far more than the morality of free enterprise—but they differed on possible solutions.

If anything, the debate further proved the claim that Jim Wallis has been making for years—and that his detractors have been deriding for just as long—that he cannot be characterized as a leftist. Though his oft-used phrase, well on its way to becoming an empty refrain—"Don't go left, don't go right, go deeper"—was lampooned a bit by Howard, he suggested that Wallis does in fact go deeper, but also to the left.