Liberalism for a New Century / Edition 1

Liberalism for a New Century / Edition 1

by Neil Jumonville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520249194

ISBN-13: 9780520249196

Pub. Date: 06/04/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

American liberalism today is in a state of confusion and disarray, with the “L word” widely considered a term of derision. By examining both the historical past and the fractious present, Liberalism for a New Century restores a proud political tradition and carves out a formidable defense of its philosophical tenets. This manifesto for a New

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American liberalism today is in a state of confusion and disarray, with the “L word” widely considered a term of derision. By examining both the historical past and the fractious present, Liberalism for a New Century restores a proud political tradition and carves out a formidable defense of its philosophical tenets. This manifesto for a New Liberalism issues an urgent and cogent call for the most important rethinking of its values since the late 1960s, when conservatives reenergized themselves after Barry Goldwater’s infamous loss.

The essays in this volume, most of them never before published, are written by a leading group of historians, journalists, and public intellectuals. Some of the nation’s most highly respected liberal minds explore such topics as the classical liberal tradition, postmodernism’s challenge to the American “Enlightenment,” the civil rights era, the influence of twentieth-century radicals on American liberalism, the 1950s, tolerance, the cold war, and whether liberalism should have a large and aggressive vision. One essay considers liberalism in Iran and what American liberals might learn from this movement. Fast-paced and encompassing such hot-button issues as the family and religion, here are ringside-seat arguments between people who don’t often get to engage with one another: right-leaning liberals like Peter Berkowitz and John Patrick Diggins, and leftier liberals like Michael Tomasky and Mona Harrington. The result is a lively and stimulating collection that articulates a clear-minded alternative to the conservative ascendancy in American history and offers a timely and essential contribution to the growing national debate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249196
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/04/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, E.J. Dionne Jr.

Introduction: Liberalism, Past and Future Tense
Neil Jumonville and Kevin Mattson

PART I: THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIBERALISM
PART II: LIBERALISM AND AMERICAN VALUES
PART III: LIBERALISM AND AMERICAN POWER

Notes
List of Contributors

Index

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