Monday, April 14, 2014

"Illiberal Liberalism"

In an excellent book review for the Hoover Institution, research fellow and historian Bruce Thorton reviews a work on 20th century intellectual history entitled Revolt Against the Masses. Like all good book reviews, the reader learns much about the book's topic as well as about the quality and worth of the book itself.  In this instance, the topic is the movement of liberalism away from its constitutional roots (i.e., classical liberalism) via the rise of Progressivism as exemplified by Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and through to the current "illiberal" version whose elites -- mostly white and rich - preach class and racial warfare.  Here's an excerpt:
In Revolt Against the Masses, the Manhattan Institute senior fellow and New York Post columnist Fred Siegel presents a clearly written and engaging historical narrative of how nearly a century ago this strain of illiberal liberalism began to take over the Democratic Party. Along the way he also provides an excellent political history of the period that illuminates the “ugly blend of sanctimony, self-interest, and social-connections” lying at the heart of liberalism today.
Great example of an worthy book review.