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Why liberalism failed

Patrick J. Deneen ; foreword by James Davison Hunter and John M. Owen IV.
  • New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
  • Copyright Notice: ©2018
  • 1 online resource (225 pages)
  • Electronic books.
  • "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.
  • Foreword / James Davidson Hunter and John M. Owen IV
  • Introduction: the end of liberalism
  • Unsustainable liberalism
  • Uniting individualism and statism
  • Liberalism as anticulture
  • Technology and the loss of liberty
  • Liberalism against liberal arts
  • The new aristocracy
  • The degradation of citizenship
  • Conclusion: liberty after liberalism.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2018. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Additional form
  • 9780300231878
  • 0300231873
  • Alternate version: 9780300223446
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 1015952373
  • OCLC: 1015952373

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