Why Liberalism Failed

Author: Patrick J. Deneen
Homepage 9780300223446

Stock information

General Fields

  • : $59.99(AUD)
  • : 9780300223446
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : 0.371946
  • : March 2018
  • : 21.00 cmmm X 14.00 cmmm X 2.20 cmmm
  • : 59.99
  • :
  • :
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Politics and Culture Ser.
  • : Hardback
  • :
  • : 248
  • :
Barcode 9780300223446
9780300223446

Description

Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded?


Of the three dominant ideologies of the 20th 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.