Author Archives: Patrick J. Deneen
The political philosopher’s conservative admirers may have completely misunderstood him.
The libertarian icon respected tradition greatly—but only as a precondition of progress.
John Stuart Mill pioneered the libertarian assault on custom, and its willingness to force people to be free.
How can liberalism support more personal freedom yet less economic individualism—and is libertarianism our destiny?
Dewey, Croly, and Rauschenbusch sought to transform classical liberalism’s emphasis on individualism.
At the “end of history,” the liberal disciplining of power begins to undermine democracy itself.
What John Locke and Tom Paine reveal about the origins of an ideology that surrounds us like an ocean.
Studying six forms of belief that go to the heart of our contemporary political understanding.
From contraception to climate change, the quest to master nature will always put autonomy first.
Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.
Liberalism is the latest form of Protestant religion, practiced from the academy to the culture wars.
The sexual liberation of college students led inexorably to the protective intervention of the state.
Marxism’s best heir was Christopher Lasch, not communism.
Conservatives only empower the state when they make an idol of liberty.
Closing on Sundays doesn’t make up for the disembedding nature of big box stores.
Rarely do opinion pieces in college newspapers emerge as subjects of national …
Why is it that today’s liberals have become the most ardent cheerleaders …
The most interesting Roman split is over liberal democracy itself.
The Left goes corporate as marriage becomes a consumer good.
The answer to America’s abortion scourge isn’t to be found in politics.← Older posts
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