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The Betrayal of Liberalism : How the Disciples of Freedom and Equality Helped Foster the Illiberal Politics of Coercion and Control - Hilton Kramer

The Betrayal of Liberalism

How the Disciples of Freedom and Equality Helped Foster the Illiberal Politics of Coercion and Control

By: Hilton Kramer (Editor), Roger Kimball (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th October 1999
ISBN: 9781566632584
Number Of Pages: 254

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Just fifty years ago the literary critic Lionel Trilling spoke of liberalism as "not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition" in American society. At the turn of the twentieth century this is clearly no longer the case, when conservative ideas have succeeded in many areas of public policy. Yet America's mainstream institutions--the media, the academy, popular culture, religion, the law--remain largely under the sway of a liberal ethos. In this incisive collection of essays which appeared originally in The New Criterion, nine distinguished critics and observers examine the origins and prospects of liberalism, from its roots in thinkers such as Rousseau and Mill to its troubled legacy in twentieth-century pursuits. They are cogent in explaining the compromising effects of liberalism in the moral and intellectual life of our culture, and seek to disentangle what is beneficent from what is destructive in its ideas. At a time when basic liberal assumptions about man and society are so deeply entrenched that they go largely unrecognized--and unexamined--The Betrayal of Liberalism offers a rewarding and enriching analysis. Its contributors include Roger Scruton, Keith Windschuttle, Hadley Arkes, Robert Conquest, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Robert Kagan, John Silber, John O'Sullivan, Hilton Kramer, and Roger Kimball.

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A fine collection of original essays that ponder the main conundrum besetting conservative intellectuals: Why is it that they have all the best arguments and yet seem to lose at every turn in liberalism?--David Steigerwald "The Historian "

Introduction: The Betrayal of Liberalismp. 3
Rousseau and the Origins of Liberalismp. 19
Mill, Stephen, and the Nature of Freedomp. 43
Liberalism and Imperialismp. 71
Liberalism and the Lawp. 93
Liberals and Totalitarianismp. 119
The Bright Line: Liberalism and Religionp. 139
Liberalism and American Foreign Policyp. 157
Procedure or Dogma: The Core of Liberalismp. 189
The Moral Consequences of Impatiencep. 207
Contributorsp. 235
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9781566632584
ISBN-10: 1566632587
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 25th October 1999
Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.36 x 14.0  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.32