In The Collapse of Liberalism, noted political scientist Charles Noble takes liberalism to task for not being radical enough - for what he sees as a long history of how liberalism has accommodated the very economic institutions and corporate actors it has wanted to challenge. As a result, Noble argues, liberals have been unable or unwilling to confront directly class, race, gender, inequality, and corporate power. In other words, American liberalism suffers not only at the hands of conservatives, but also from its own failures of vision, will, and political strategy. Beyond a critique, Noble offers a breath-taking new strategy for how American progressives can rebuild their support base and regain political prominence. Clear, engaging, and thought-provoking, The Collapse of Liberalism is a politically engaged interrogation of the way American liberals think about social problems and build political coalitions.
In his engaging and original critique, Noble examines why liberal/progressive leaders have, in recent years, lost their place at the helm of their natural constituencies and what can be done to remedy the problem. Publishers Weekly With fearsome erudition and mordant wit, Professor Noble lays out the reasons why the progressive movement in the United States has lost its way so badly in the treacherous labyrinth of the two-party system, thereby betraying its own interests as well as the public's. In an era of open revolt against politics-as-usual and the eruption of new grassroots campaigning techniques inspired by the Internet, his book could not be more timely. It deserves to become a primer for all nascent political movements, in the United States and far beyond. -- Andrew Gumbel The Independent Charles Noble has written a passionate, well-argued, and strongly documented volume about the need for progressive reform in America, the obstacles to such reform, and how to overcome them. In this beautifully written work, he confronts the failures of the Left and shows what it can and must do to help fashion a more just society. In the end, you may not agree with Noble, but you cannot ignore him. -- Edward S. Greenberg, University of Colorado, Boulder Well-written and provocative, this clear-headed and incisive guide for American progressives gives the political pendulum a healthy push from the left. -- Joel Blau, Stony Brook University You will want to argue with Noble, as I certainly did, but there is no denying that he has made a brilliant contribution to the understanding of our current political debacle. -- Frances Fox-Piven, The City University of New York