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Conservatism: A Rediscovery
Yoram Hazony
Liberalism, devoured by its own “woke” offspring, is at the… Read more
The Strategy of Denial
Elbridge A. Colby
Elbridge A. Colby was the lead architect of the 2018… Read more
The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite
Michael Lind
In both Europe and North America, populist movements have shattered… Read more
The Virtue of Nationalism
Yoram Hazony
Nationalism is the issue of our age. In The Virtue of… Read more
John Selden and the Western Political Tradition
Ofir Haivry
Legal and political theorist, common lawyer and parliamentary leader, historian… Read more

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Why Liberalism Failed (2018)

Patrick Deneen

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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