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Liberalism and Its Discontents

English · Paperback / Softback

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A short book about the challenges to liberalism from the right and the left by the bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order

Classical liberalism is in a state of crisis. Developed in the wake of Europe's wars over religion and nationalism, liberalism is a system for governing diverse societies that is grounded in fundamental principles of equality and the rule of law. It emphasizes the rights of individuals to pursue their own forms of happiness free from encroachment by government.

It's no secret that liberalism hasn't always lived up to its own ideals. In the United States, many have long been denied equality before the law, excluded from the category of full human beings worthy of universal rights. Only recently has this definition expanded to include, to varying degrees, women, African Americans, LGBTQ+ people, and other historically marginalized groups. As the renowned political philosopher Francis Fukuyama shows in Liberalism and Its Discontents, the principles of liberalism have also, in recent decades, been pushed to new extremes by both the right and the left: neoliberals have made a cult of economic freedom, and progressives have focused on identity over human universality as central to their political vision. The result, Fukuyama argues, has been a fracturing of our civil society and increasing peril to our democracy.

In this succinct, clear account of our current political discontents, Fukuyama offers an essential defense of a revitalized liberalism for the twenty-first century.

List of contents


1. What Is Classical Liberalism?
2. From Liberalism to Neoliberalism
3. The Selfish Individual
4. The Sovereign Self
5. Liberalism Turns on Itself
6. The Critique of Rationality
7. Technology, Privacy, and Freedom of Speech
8. Are There Alternatives?
9. National Identity
10. Principles for a Liberal Society


About the author

Francis Fukuyama

Product details

Authors Francis Fukuyama
Publisher Picador
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 09.05.2023
EAN 9781250867223
ISBN 978-1-250-86722-3
No. of pages 192
Dimensions 201 mm x 125 mm x 14 mm
Weight 188 g
Subject Social sciences, law, business > Political science > Political science and political education

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