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Why Liberalism Failed

Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
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Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded?

Of the three dominant ideologies of the 20th century - fascism, communism, and liberalism - only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism's proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patrick Deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: It trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history.

Here, Deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure.

©2018 Patrick J. Deneen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Is Liberalism going to last the test of time?

This book will challenge your ideas on Liberal philosophy and government. The idea of the end of time, that Liberalism was going to be the end after the Berlin Wall. Well now is facing many oppositions and splits to its order

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Amazing Book

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants or needs to understand our current society in the West. I liked that it critically analysed our western liberal society. I liked how it looked the problems of the left and right sides of politics. A must read for anyone who wants to be involved in politics, religion, social science, education, economics, business or community development.

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  • David
  • 26-09-2018

a fine idea stuffed in a dead horse and beat

self satisfied and needlessly verbose, the entire premise, while interesting, could be boiled easily down to a couple hundred words. the lack of useful or even insightful conclusions, though one is nominally attempted, is additionally disappointing.

a worthy idea as food for thought, but a waste of words in this format, and hard to listen to due to the overwrought academic prose

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-2018

Smart man w/ a grim view, but insufficient support

The author has an interesting and surprising claim, and withsome merit. I gained many new interesting insights and appreciate the book for that. However Deneen lumps classic liberalism together with modern progressive liberalism and declares them both failures. He also lumps conservatism and libertarianism in with classic liberalism. He gives some examples for progressive liberalism but really only one for classic liberalism in which he declares free market ideas to be a failure. He specifically points to the 2008 mortgage crisis and financial meltdown as a market failure, but many economists think that was substantially due to government meddling (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). The narration was also flat, almost monotone. I hung onto the book for most of the chapters, hoping Deneen would support his case with facts and examples. His ideas are intriguing and flow against most modern streams of thought. But I gave up on the audible book just short of his conclusion. It was too much work to listen for too little gain. Still. I'm glad I encountered Mr. Deneen. But I wouldn't recommend the book to a friend.

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  • Randy Litton
  • 21-08-2018

Christanity vs Secularism, Traditions Count

It appears to the most casual observer we have taken personal rights as far as Liberalism will allow without offering personal restrain as a possible remedy to the seven deadly sins.
We have been blessed beyond measure as a nation, and yet we strive to have more of everything to fill the void left by having everything.

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  • Gabriel Noah Brahm
  • 03-06-2018

Liberty After Liberalism

This book asks the big questions and gets to some plausible answers by the end, too. If you want to know what it means to be free today, give it a listen.

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  • M. E. Donnelly
  • 19-06-2018

Plausible connection between the two liberalism's

Well reasoned. Reading a little too textbookish. I still listened all the way through, as the content was worth considering. This book may not be well received by rugged individualists. Certainly not by anyone who has bought into the all powerful central state. Deneen, I think, sought to detail the roots and evaluate the fruits of liberalism, and, finally, to start the conversation about how to practically move into a post-liberal world.

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  • M. Woollard
  • 04-04-2019

Fantastic, insightful, disturbing, and hopeful

A fascinating look at the ills plaguing modern liberal society. The author cuts to the core of the ideas animating liberalism, and shows how they lead to the problems much modern political discourse aims at solving. This book has very much changed my way of thinking about politics, political philosophy, and political responsibility.

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  • Leonardo P.
  • 27-03-2019

The by product of successful liberalism

Part of Obama's summer reading list, I would highlight a few key paraphrases.

"The near unanimity of political views represented on college campuses is echoed by the omnipresent belief that an education must be economically practical, culminating in a high-paying job in a city populated by like-minded college graduates who will continue to reinforce their keen outrage over inequality while enjoying its bounteous fruits."

"liberalism has drawn down on a preliberal inheritance and resources that at once sustained liberalism but which it cannot replenish. The loosening of social bonds in nearly every aspect of life - familial, neighbourly, communal, religious, even national - reflects the advancing logic of liberalism and is the source of its deepest instability"

Think of it as a call of action and for us to understand how far we have come and where to go from here.

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  • Julian Peacock
  • 03-03-2019

thought provoking.

this book drew from a surprising number of sources to challenge preconceived notions about liberalism

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  • Karsten M. Heil
  • 18-02-2019

Interesting take on recent political trends but...

Interesting perspective on recent political trends but ultimately unconvincing. The analytical reasoning is lacking at times unfortunately.

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  • C. Hardy
  • 12-02-2019

I want to pay attention but I can’t.

The concept that the demise of liberalism is the product of liberalism itself is fascinating. Yet, it was SO HARD to pay attention because the narrator’s voice sounds so disconnected and uninterested, he might as well be reading a middle school history textbook. The audio quality was fine, and his voice is fine, just his voice and performance were probably not ideal for this book.