The Inadequacies of Liberalism
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Liberalism and Value Pluralism (Political Theory and Contemporary Politics) Offer Price $152.00 ISBN:0826450482 Authors George Crowder List Price : $160.00 Availablity Usually ships in 24 hours Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic Value pluralism is the...
All over the Atlantic world, political liberalism has fallen on evil days. In the US, the creed of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D Roosevelt and John F Kennedy has become a sin that dare not speak its name. In last year’s German election, the Free Democratic Party – the embodiment of the country’s liberal tradition and the second party in coalition governments for most of the postwar period – won less than 5 per cent of the popular vote and is no longer represented in the federal parliament. In the 2011 Canadian election, the Liberal Party – for decades a dominant force – suffered a catastrophic defeat. The Radical Party of the Left, today the closest approximation to a liberal party in France, is little more than a pimple on the body politic. In Britain, the Liberal Democrats, heirs of the Liberal Party of Lloyd George, Keynes and Beveridge, have clambered into bed with a market-fundamentalist Conservative Party and endured a huge slump in the opinion polls.
John Dewey's concept of democracy has often been dismissed as "liberal" and as being unable to account for pluralism (Talisse 2007). I argue that this is a misconception which can be corrected if we analyze Dewey's understanding of democracy in its historical context. Following this approach, we find elements of a democratic conception in Dewey's thought that are profoundly radical and that can be read along the lines of an anarchist account of radical democracy as recently developed by David Graeber (2013).
Much the largest social changes of our, or any other, day are being driven by technology. The mass media which transformed the Twentieth Century are in decline and social media are rising. We are beginning to see the impact of this in business. Some businesses are being transformed faster than others. Travel has been disintermediated, with customers buying directly from airlines or web aggregators rather than using travel agents. But in dating introduction services disintermediation is not just taking out a layer from the cost base. It anonymizes and removes a previous social stigma. The web-based industry is not only cheaper than high street introduction agencies – or even newspaper small ads – it is vastly bigger. The number of people using the service is far greater than a couple of decades ago.
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