Exchange Exemplar: Liberal Democracy, On The Ropes
The very title of Patrick J. Deneen's book may inflame some people's sensibilities: Why Liberalism Failed.
On closer examination, the author, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame, is talking BIG liberalism, as in liberal democratic societies. And the idea that they are failing may be a greater cause for concern.
But the tensions are evident: emphasizing individual rights and gains while also expecting some participation in civil society can and do seem like contradictory goals. We explore the topic anew in this interview from 2018.