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Why Liberalism Failed

Author: Patrick J Deneen
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2019] ©2018
Series: Politics and Culture
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick J Deneen
ISBN: 9780300231878 0300231873
OCLC Number: 1083570234
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Foreword --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: The End of Liberalism --
One. Unsustainable Liberalism --
Two. Uniting Individualism and Statism --
Three. Liberalism as Anticulture --
Four. Technology and the Loss of Liberty --
Five. Liberalism against Liberal Arts --
Six. The New Aristocracy --
Seven. The Degradation of Citizenship --
Conclusion: Liberty after Liberalism --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
Series Title: Politics and Culture
Responsibility: Patrick J. Deneen.
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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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