Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1927 - 2003

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.

-Daniel Patrick Moynihan


Daniel Patrick Moynihan—Cabinet officer, diplomat and four-term United States Senator—was one of the foremost public servants and public intellectuals of the second half of the 20th century.
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Daniel Patrick Moynihan was fond of saying that the most reliable indicator of a person’s political beliefs was the year he or she was born. Born in 1927, Moynihan came of age in the era of Franklin D. Roosevelt and, as such, was a New Deal liberal through-and-through.
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