Why Liberalism Failed
by Patrick J. Deneen
Editor: Yale University Press
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A Liberalism failed because it succeededOf the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century-fascism, communism and liberalism, only the latter remains.This has created a strange situation in which liberalism supporters of the tendency to forget it, it is an ideology and not the natural end of the state-man of political evolutionAs Patrick Deneen states in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it sounds the trumpet of equal rights, while promoting the incomparable material of inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, but it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its quest for personal autonomy, it has given rise to the broadest, most comprehensive, complete state of the system in the world.Here Deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now working on our political culture are not superficial flaws, but inherent characteristics of a system whose success is the generation of its own failure
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