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The once and future liberal : after identity politics, Mark Lilla

Label
The once and future liberal : after identity politics
Title
The once and future liberal
Title remainder
after identity politics
Statement of responsibility
Mark Lilla
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In The Once and Future Liberal, Mark Lilla offers an impassioned, tough-minded, and stinging look at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations. Although there have been Democrats in the White House, and some notable policy achievements, for nearly forty years the vision that Ronald Reagan offered - small government, lower taxes, and self-reliant individualism - has remained the country's dominant political ideology. And the Democratic Party has offered no convincing competing vision in response. Instead, as Lilla argues, American liberalism fell under the spell of identity politics, with disastrous consequences. Driven originally by a sincere desire to protect the most vulnerable Americans, the left has now unwittingly balkanized the electorate, encouraged self-absorption rather than solidarity, and invested its energies in social movements rather than in party politics. Lilla goes to show how the left's identity-focused individualism insidiously conspired with the amoral economic individualism of the Reaganite right to shape an electorate with little sense of a shared future and near-contempt for the idea of the common good. In the contest for the American imagination, liberals have abdicated. Now they have an opportunity to reset. The left is motivated, and the Republican Party, led by an unpredictable demagogue, is in ideological disarray. To seize this opportunity, Lilla insists, liberals must concentrate their efforts on recapturing our institutions by winning elections. The time for hectoring is over. It is time to reach out and start convincing people from every walk of life and in every region of the country that liberals will stand up for them. We must appeal to - but also help to rebuild - a sense of common feeling among Americans, and a sense of duty to one another. A fiercely argued, no-nonsense book, enlivened by Lilla's acerbic wit and erudition, The Once and Future Liberal is essential reading for our momentous times. -- from dust jacket
Cataloging source
YDX
Dewey number
320.513
Index
no index present
LC call number
JC574.2.U6
LC item number
L56 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The once and future liberal : after identity politics, Mark Lilla
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Abdication -- Anti-politics -- Pseudo-politics -- Politics
Control code
ocn973795420
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 143 pages
Isbn
9780062697431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)973795420
Label
The once and future liberal : after identity politics, Mark Lilla
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Abdication -- Anti-politics -- Pseudo-politics -- Politics
Control code
ocn973795420
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 143 pages
Isbn
9780062697431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)973795420

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