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Why Liberalism Failed
by Patrick J. Deneen


Overview - Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded?

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.
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Overview
Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded?

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300223446
  • ISBN-10: 0300223447
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publish Date: January 2018
  • Page Count: 248
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Politics and Culture

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Books > Political Science > Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
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