Is Barack Obama the last liberal president? In I Am the Change, Charles Kesler, a leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist, offers a sophisticated analysis of the president’s political thought, based on Obama’s own words and writings, to demonstrate that he represents either a new birth of liberalism…or its demise. Kesler’s writing is a potent mixture of philosophy, journalism, psychology, and history—seasoned with a delightful, razor-sharp wit—as he takes a greatly underestimated chief executive seriously and explores American liberalism in crisis.
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About the Author
Charles R. Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and the editor of the Claremont Review of Books. He is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and the coeditor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
1 The Audacity of Barack Obama 1
2 Woodrow Wilson and the Politics of Progress 31
3 Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rise of Liberalism 103
4 Lyndon B. Johnson and the Politics of Meaning 147
5 Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism 177
About the Author 277
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“Obama has earned what he now receives, the tribute of a serious intellectual exegesis by a distinguished political philosopher.”