Why liberalism failed /

"Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century--fascism, communism, and liberalism--only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patr...

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Other Authors: Deneen, Patrick J., 1964- (Editor)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
Series:Politics and culture (New Haven, Conn.)
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Summary:"Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century--fascism, communism, and liberalism--only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patrick Deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history.Here, Deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure."--Publisher's description.
Physical Description:xix, 225 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-219) and index.
ISBN:0300223447
9780300223446