Why Liberalism Failed: by Patrick J. Deneen | Conversation Starters
Why Liberalism Failed is the latest political philosophy book by Patrick Deneen. Throughout the twentieth century, there were only three, main political ideologies. These ideologies were liberalism, communism, and fascism. Of those three, Deneen writes that only liberalism is left standing. In the opinion of Deneen, people have started to forget that liberalism is only an ideology. It is not the end-all of politics in societies. Patrick Deneen put forth the idea that liberalism has failed humans because it has been successful and “won” out against the three main ideologies. Liberalism has failed in that it has made humans more autonomous and has allowed the state to take over many areas of society rather than having many smaller, civic communities. Deneen warns that liberalism could be the collapse of society as we know it. Rod Dreher called Why Liberalism Failed “one of the most important” books written about politics in the modern era. President Barack Obama stated that Why Liberalism Failed can give insights into why the community has been lost and how many democracies have ignored this fact.
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