My Sister once flew across the Atlantic sitting next to Galbreath. She said he was the nicest man and spent nearly the entire trip playing with her baby.
One of the few liberals who did seem to be genuinely a nice guy.
That baby is now over 40 so it was a long time ago.
Dalrymple sums up the limited vision of the current crop of so-called "progressives," and the constitutionally illiterate citizens who put them into power, believing that imperfect human beings elected to positions in government were motivated by benevolence, not lust for power and greed.
America's Founders were wiser than that. Understanding human nature, they placed their trust in a "People's" written constitution for self-government to curb government's power.
The final paragraph here also contains a great statement referring to Galbraith, but applicable alike to the President and Congressmen: ". . . his aristocratic assumption of unchallengeable moral superiority, written in his prose as it appears to be written on President Obamas face. How delightful to be so generous, so very right all the time, and yet make a fortune and stay at the Ritz!"
If you need to lower your blood pressure, listen to an hour of William F. Buckley, Jr. grill Galbraith on Firing Line.
Dalrymple is one of my favorite essayists.
And, to my mind, Galbraith is the father of modern liberal thought -- its economic theories and its intellectual attitude.
Dalrymple has accurately portrayed the man and his thinking. Galbraith knew "everything". Yet, in actuality, he knew so very little. He is the man of whom Reagan spoke when he remarked "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."
A false prophet if ever there was one.