Author Archives: Patrick J. Deneen

Week 7: Natural Rights Conservatism—The Case of Leo Strauss

The political philosopher’s conservative admirers may have completely misunderstood him.

Week 6: Libertarianism—Revisiting Hayek

The libertarian icon respected tradition greatly—but only as a precondition of progress.

Week 5: Libertarianism—Sources and Themes

John Stuart Mill pioneered the libertarian assault on custom, and its willingness to force people to be free.

Week 4: Progressive Liberalism—Contemporary Voices

How can liberalism support more personal freedom yet less economic individualism—and is libertarianism our destiny?

Week 3: Progressive Liberalism—Sources and Themes

Dewey, Croly, and Rauschenbusch sought to transform classical liberalism’s emphasis on individualism.

Week 2–Classical Liberalism: Contemporary Voices

At the “end of history,” the liberal disciplining of power begins to undermine democracy itself.

Week 1–Liberalism: Sources and Themes

What John Locke and Tom Paine reveal about the origins of an ideology that surrounds us like an ocean.

Invitation to a Seminar—Liberalism and Conservatism

Studying six forms of belief that go to the heart of our contemporary political understanding.

Following the Science

From contraception to climate change, the quest to master nature will always put autonomy first.

How Democracy Dies

Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.

A Secular Age?

Liberalism is the latest form of Protestant religion, practiced from the academy to the culture wars.

From In Loco Parentis to Leviathan

The sexual liberation of college students led inexorably to the protective intervention of the state.

How Red (State) Is Marx?

Marxism’s best heir was Christopher Lasch, not communism.

The Case for “Serfdom,” Rightly Understood

Conservatives only empower the state when they make an idol of liberty.

Even If Hobby Lobby Wins, We Lose

Closing on Sundays doesn’t make up for the disembedding nature of big box stores.

What’s Wrong with Academic Freedom

Rarely do opinion pieces in college newspapers emerge as subjects of national …

Liberalism’s (Un)Limited Government

Why is it that today’s liberals have become the most ardent cheerleaders …

A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching

The most interesting Roman split is over liberal democracy itself.

Corporatism and Gay Marriage: Natural Bedfellows

The Left goes corporate as marriage becomes a consumer good.

A Culture of Life

The answer to America’s abortion scourge isn’t to be found in politics.

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