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Why Liberalism Failed

Patrick J. Deneen


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 this book argues, 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 i ... More

Keywords: liberalism, consent, equal rights, inequality, privatism, individual autonomy, political culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300223446
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300223446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick J. Deneen, author
University of Notre Dame