11 March 2005

The future of liberalism

John Leo asks whether liberalism can survive? He argues that contemporary liberals have adopted the moral relativism of what I would call the choice-enhancement state while appealing to the legacy of the equal-opportunity state associated with Roosevelt's New Deal. Yet one wonders whether Leo's argument is with liberalism per se or only with its latest incarnation. Most American critics of liberalism cannot manage to mount a truly radical critique, assuming that turning the clock back to liberalism's earlier stages will somehow heal the disease. It won't.

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