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Zombie Neoliberalism | Dissent Magazine
"Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank Metropolitan Books, 2016, 320 pp."
book  review  democrats  new-deal  liberalism  neoliberalism 
december 2017 by tsuomela
The Neo-Confederate Haunting American Liberalism | Dissent Magazine
"The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism Brad Snyder Oxford University Press,"
book  review  comment  liberalism  history  white-supremacy 
october 2017 by tsuomela
Jeremiah, American-Style | New Republic
"Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch By Eric Miller"
book  review  biography  culture  critique  conservative  liberalism  populism  democracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The Radical Lasch | The American Conservative
"The Marxian social historian saw past the limits of liberalism to a true middle-class populism."
culture  critique  conservative  liberalism  populism  democracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The week democracy died: How Brexit, Nice, Turkey, and Trump are all connected.
"Dark days this summer showed how government by the people—beset by illiberal populists on one side and undemocratic elites on the other—is poised for extinction."
democracy  liberal  liberalism  2016  crisis  immigration  nationalism  politics  western  europe  american  campaign 
august 2016 by tsuomela
Liberal Punishment | Dissent Magazine
"The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America by Naomi Murakawa Oxford University Press, 2014, 260 pp."
book  review  crime  prison  police  law  america  history  20c  liberalism 
may 2015 by tsuomela
Public Reason and Political Community // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"Andrew Lister, Public Reason and Political Community, Bloomsbury, 2013, 235pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781780936574."
book  review  politics  philosophy  ethics  liberalism 
november 2014 by tsuomela
Being at Home in the World: Burke, Paine, and Modern Politics | Public Discourse
Review of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin
book  review  history  philosophy  political-science  liberalism  conservatism  ideology  from instapaper
february 2014 by tsuomela
Experiments in Living | The American Conservative
Review of Yuval Levin - The Great Debate. - very interesting section on J.S. Mill.
book  review  history  philosophy  political-science  liberalism  conservatism  ideology  from instapaper
january 2014 by tsuomela
Science and the Public Square
"Perhaps it will help just understanding that the asymmetry between Conservatives and Liberals is real, but that in a democracy, having the research done that discovers impacts (or the lack of impacts) is crucial for our public discourse. It is not a temporary cultural shift nor irrationality nor a current ideology that is driving the distaste for science among Republicans. It is their core conservatism that is at issue."
science  politics  conservatism  liberalism  ideology  change  private  public  boundaries  boundary-policing 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Philosopher of Love | The American Conservative
"To live well, Schindler argues, is to live in a way that is proper to our being. Conversely, when a misapprehension of being structures our thinking and actions, we experience unhappiness, brokenness, and poverty in its deepest sense—the absence of meaning. He believes that the modern liberal project from Descartes to Rawls is based on a radical misunderstanding of the nature of reality. Specifically, liberalism fails to apprehend that “love is the basic act and order of things.” Love brings all there is into existence, it is through love that all there is continues in existence, and it is for love that all things exist. Reality is in this sense triadic: all things are in, through, and for love. Being might therefore be said to be an order or “logic” of love."
philosophy  theology  love  belief  metaphysics  liberalism  critique  conservative 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Moral rethink | Prospect Magazine
"But this does not mean that it is wrong to push the question even further, asking how we can be encouraged to care more about the well-being and suffering of those who happened not to be born within the same borders as us. Haidt thinks liberals ignore concepts like authority and the sacred. But really, liberalism’s power consists in challenging the moral relevance of such concepts. Since liberals dispute that authority really is of fundamental moral importance, it is circular reasoning to argue that this is a form of “moral blindness.”"
book  review  morality  politics  liberal  conservative  moral-language  cognition  emotion  ethics  liberalism  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Why won't America embrace the left? - History - Salon.com
What has the left really accomplished over the past two centuries? FDR's New Deal remains one of the great American success stories. In the '60s, leftist politics created a massive countercultural movement -- and sexual and feminist revolutions. The civil rights movement transformed both American society and the American soul. But, if you compare the accomplishments of the American left to those of other parts of the world, like Western Europe, its record is remarkably dismal, with a surprising lack of real political and social impact.

At least, that's the main takeaway from "American Dreamers," a new book by Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, which covers nearly 200 years of struggle for civil rights, sexual equality and radical rebellion.
book  interview  leftism  liberal  liberalism  progressive  history  american  american-studies 
september 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Possessive individualism
"C. B. Macpherson was a political philosopher who placed a genuinely novel interpretation on the history of political thought in The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke when the book appeared in 1962. Macpherson was a Canadian philosopher who influenced quite a few young scholars in the 1970s in North America and Great Britain. Macpherson offered the basis of a strong critique of a certain kind of liberalism -- the liberalism that places essentially the whole normative weight on the value of the individual and his/her liberties, and essentially no emphasis on the social obligations we all have towards each other."
political-science  sociology  history  liberalism  obligation  citizenship  community 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: On the rioting in London
"The current left is irrelevant, precisely because its first gesture, is to join with the powerful, in condemning it. It shows that the leadership of the current left is, in fact, on the side of oppression, so long as their own place in that oppression is more reasonable."
riots  city(London)  leftism  liberalism  law  failure  progressive 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Reclaiming the Politics of Freedom | The Nation
"From Emerson and Douglass to Reagan and Goldwater, freedom has been the keyword of American politics. Every successful movement—abolition, feminism, civil rights, the New Deal—has claimed it. A freewheeling mix of elements—the willful assertion and reinvention of the self, the breaking of traditional bonds and constraints, the toppling of old orders and creation of new forms—freedom in the American vein combines what political theorists call negative liberty (the absence of external interference) and positive liberty (the ability to act). Where theorists dwell on these distinctions as incommensurable values, statesmen and activists unite them in a vision of emancipation that identifies freedom with the act of knocking down or hurtling past barriers."
politics  american  rhetoric  freedom  markets  conservatism  liberalism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
A Bit More on Liberalism and Detention, or: What If Private Manning Confesses? « Rortybomb
"This isn’t the conservative response. I think there’s a sense that conservatives are like liberals here but want a slightly more tilted playing field, one more in favor of prosecutors and against suspects. There’s that element to it, but for conservatives the point of coercive power isn’t to establish fair procedures to hold it in check but instead to maintain order."
liberal  liberalism  conservatism  proceduralism  law  enforcement  freedom  terrorism  police 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Real and Fake Realism « Easily Distracted
"And so again and again, the realists, pundits and technocrats and advisors, find themselves dully amazed to be on the wrong side of history, staring forlornly from a ditch at the side of the road as their ride disappears into the distance. Eventually they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and say, “I knew it all along”. And a few days after that, “We must be realists about what will happen next”, as they restore a managerial composure, make scenarios, wargame out the possibilities, repaint and reframe what was for them a black swan event."
politics  revolution  change  realism  management  business-as-usual  liberalism 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Cosmopolitan social democracy — Crooked Timber
The left needs to offer a transformational vision of a better society if it is to motivate the kind of enthusiasm needed to overcome a rightwing politics of tribalism and (often misperceived) self-interest. The 19th/20th century vision of socialism and class solidarity provides a model and a starting point, but that model is no longer adequate, and the political movements it gave rise to are in disarray. We need, a world view that extends the solidarity of social democracy to the whole of humanity
politcal-science  politics  liberal  liberalism  cosmopolitanism  international 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The Importance of Being Judgmental—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine)
One of the most serious distortions of liberalism in modern American thought could be reduced to a simple, oft-repeated phrase: don’t be so judgmental. The argument is that it’s healthy for citizens in a modern society to collect information and suspend the process of forming judgments. A core aspect of this approach is doubtless correct: as Count Tolstoy observed in What Is Art, even sophisticated minds are prone to fail to grasp essential facts if those facts contradict some conclusions they have already drawn. But this doesn’t mean that judgment should be suspended indefinitely. To the contrary, judgment is sometimes a moral imperative. Without judgment, there is no justice.
liberal  liberalism  judgment  justice  euphemism  language  politics  political-correctness 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: A friendly 4th of July reminder about why conservatives hate America
One of the great accomplishments of America is that it showed the possibility of good government at more than local scale, which in turn helped to show that some misfortunes taken to be beyond human reach are in fact avoidable. This, in turn, was directly a product of the development of modern liberalism, which provided both a philosophical foundation and an institutional architecture for the blending of classical and Renaissance republicanism with a new conceptual framework of individual rights, checks and balances and democratic self-governance. Once the possibility of good governance was proven possible, the doors were open to explore different ways of achieving it.
america  government  governance  liberal  liberalism  history  hope  politics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Lakoff hits the nail on the head re Obama--but misses the heart
That's the fundamental reason why Obama hit dribblers in the press conference: because neo-liberalism is all about the dribblers. Don't swing for the fences, it says. Don't go for single-payer--or even for a robust public option that would lead to single-payer over time--even though it's what's needed to dramatically cut the over-priced costs of healthcare "system".
neoliberalism  obama  politics  rhetoric  lakoff  george  language  metaphor  third-way  liberalism  empathy 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Hope — Crooked Timber
The bigger point for me is that after decades in which the left has been on the defensive, it’s time for a politics of hope. We need hope to mobilise a positive alternative to the fear, anger and tribalism on offer from the right. Centrist pragmatism provides nothing to match the enthusiasm that can be driven by fear and anger, as we have seen.
politics  philosophy  ideas  future  hope  liberal  liberalism  inequality  poverty 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Metamagician and the Hellfire Club: Doing what comes supernaturally: Stanley Fish on fact and value
Russell Blackford responds to Stanley Fish column on secular reason and discourse. "The arguments developed by liberals since Locke's time are to do with the clumsiness of the state's powers, historical experience, and the practical need to accept reasonable social pluralism ("reasonable" because, at least beyond a certain point, we need not tolerate the intolerant). They do not depend at any stage on a naive denial of the fact/value distinction."
secularism  liberalism  reason  religion  ethics  government  power  argument  postmodern  public-reason  discourse 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Are There Secular Reasons? - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
Stanley Fish comments on and confuses secular/liberal discourses. "But no matter who delivers the lesson, its implication is clear. Insofar as modern liberal discourse rests on a distinction between reasons that emerge in the course of disinterested observation — secular reasons — and reasons that flow from a prior metaphysical commitment, it hasn’t got a leg to stand on."
secularism  liberalism  reason  religion  ethics  government  power  argument  postmodern  public-reason  discourse 
march 2010 by tsuomela
One Man’s Moose « Easily Distracted
On the other hand, there’s a danger to defending the state as an institution by listing its productive integration into everyday life. For one, it’s important for educated elites in the U.S. and Western Europe to seriously consider the degree to which that state, the state that provides services and protections, is an institution to which those elites have privileged access.
government  freedom  liberalism  institutions  elites  power  success 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Matthew Yglesias » Grayson Breaks the Rules
I think the real issue—and the real import—of Grayson’s statement is that it involved breaking one of the unspoken rules of modern American politics. The rule is that conservatives talk about their causes in stark, moralistic terms and progressives don’t. Instead, progressives talk about our causes in bloodless technocratic terms.
progressive  framing  liberalism  morality  rhetoric  politics  democrats 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Why Is Bob Herbert Boring? - T. A. Frank
Proposes and disposes of some theses on why liberal columnist Bob Herbert doesn't get more attention.
statistics  story-telling  journalism  media  media-studies  information  psychology  bias  interest  poverty  liberal  liberalism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Firedoglake » Where David Cameron Is Now, the GOP Wants To Go in 2012
Technocrats aided their enemies by being dead wrong about Vietnam, inflation, and demographics. While the pain inflicted by these three problems is small compared to their place in myth
technocracy  politics  american  liberalism  history  vietnam 
july 2009 by tsuomela
She Did It Her Way « Easily Distracted
In a way, the Susan Boyle story is a reminder that liberalism actually has heartfelt, emotionally rich stories that are intimately familiar to many people in many societies. Chief among them is the insistence that individuals contain within them talents, character, particularities which are poorly described by stereotypes or collective identities and poorly managed or appreciated by social institutions and conventions.
about(SusanBoyle)  talent  liberalism  exploitation  reality  television 
may 2009 by tsuomela
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