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The Future of Liberalismby Alan Wolfe
Synopses & Reviews
Alan Wolfe has written a small masterpiece of political thought: deeply learned, pragmatic and principled, appropriately self-critical, and a pleasure to read. It is an essential book for anyone who hopes liberalism will prosper again or wonders why it should.
-Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
Alan Wolfe restores luster to the original ideals of liberty and equality, but also shows liberalism's pragmatic side-its recognition of the need for governance at home and leadership abroad. He shows that liberals, too, can have a 'purpose driven life' if they just reclaim their legacy.
-Mark Lilla, author of The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
In this wise, passionate, and persuasive book, Alan Wolfe draws on decades of reflection and scholarship to elucidate and champion one of the most important concepts of the human enterprise. While fully living up to its title by providing hope and guidance for the century just begun, The Future of Liberalism is also a tour de force of intellectual history-and an astute commentary on the great political issues of our time.
-Strobe Talbott, author of The Great Experiment
This book requires your attention. Liberalism in America cannot be dead. It is at the center of its history. But Americans should know why. Alan Wolfe tells us in a book of impressive scholarship and wide reach.
-Jeff Madrick, author of The Case for Big Government
Alan Wolfe and I disagree on many things, but as a defender and thinker about the liberal philosophy in America, he is one of the best. The Future of Liberalism is typical of that. I continue to learn from Alan when I read him, and so doing helps me define and refine my positions and thinking. Alan is always worth the read.
-William J. Bennett, author of America: The Last Best Hope
A terrific analysis of the last 300-plus years of political thought . . . it's hard not to find his argument persuasive and harder still to not to wonder where American liberalism's defenders have been hiding all these years. If readers have ever wondered where they should stand in regard to the culture wars, American interventionism abroad, or the role of government in society, this book will provide a coherent, convincing set of values to guide them . . . Highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in politics or history.
From the Hardcover edition.
A compelling and insightful defense of the liberal tradition brings together four decades of philosophy and writing to trace the history and influence of liberalism, the evolution of its key tenets, and its application in the arena of contemporary political debates over immigration, executive power, free speech, and abortion. 25,000 first printing.
What is liberalism, why it is relevant today, and how it can help our society chart a forward course.
About the Author
\Alan Wolfe is a professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. A contributing editor of The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, and CommonWealth, he also writes for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
The most appropriate political philosophy for our times — In praise of artifice — Equality's inevitability — Why good poetry makes bad politics — Mr. Schmitt goes to Washington — How liberals should think about religion — The open society and its friends — Why conservatives can't govern — Liberalism's promise.
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