Commonplace Book #48

Liberalism has failed–not because it fell short, but because it was true to itself.  It has failed because it has succeeded.  As liberalism has “become more fully itself,” as its inner logic has become more evident and its self-contradictions manifest, it has generated pathologies that are at once deformations of its claims yet realizations of liberal ideology.  A political philosophy that was launched to foster greater equity, defend a pluralist tapestry of different culture and beliefs, protect human dignity, and, of course, expand liberty, in practice generates titanic inequality, enforced uniformity and homogeneity, fosters material and spiritual degradation, and undermines freedom.

Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed, 3

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