Why Liberalism Failed, Hardback Book

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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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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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  • Category: Social & political philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780300223446

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