How to Be a Liberal: The Story of Freedom and the Fight for its Survival

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How to Be a Liberal: The Story of Freedom and the Fight for its Survival

How to Be a Liberal: The Story of Freedom and the Fight for its Survival

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Through their stories attitudes and values these and other folk built the Western Liberal Tradition, in my opinion, the best way to organise society. And then we must accommodate the activities, and sometimes the refusals to act, that those beliefs produce.

This may be a result of my Autism, but I felt the title of the book “How to Be a Liberal” was a bit misleading. For that reason, I will spend the rest of this review putting forward alternative titles and explaining them. From Brexit Britain to Donald Trump's America, nationalists are launching an all-out assault on liberal values. The flow through the stages of liberalism from its birth to now was so interesting and the threats to liberal thinking and how we overcame the darkness of facism was so thought provoking that it showed the history of the modern world in a new light. Obviously, no officeholder wants to rotate out of office, but all officeholders accept and live with the risks of rotation.Competition in excellence and virtue and the social mobility it produces might have some of the features of rotation in office. Laissez-Faire Liberalism goes the other way toward the Free-Market fundamentalism of Thatcherism and Reaganomics. In a soaring narrative that stretches from the battlefields of the English Civil War to the 2008 financial crash and beyond, he'll explain the political ideas which underpin the modern world. The competing visions of Keynes and Hayek were in fact both facets of liberalism: one emphasising freedom through low unemployment and the individual opportunities thereby created; and the other focusing on low inflation and freedom of choice for the individual consumer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given modern conditions, Dunt's greatest enemies are populists and nationalists who generally emanate from the political right.

I always liked Ian Dunt and I’m a regular listener to ‘Oh God, what now’ so I was looking forward to this book. That was an example of left populism, but it is comparable to President Trump’s attack on the courts—populism from the right. By the end, I had inserted so many little fluorescent yellow tabs to mark moments in this book that I wanted to quote in a review that I had lost my way through it. I am dubious about the possibility of a liberal oligarchy, but a liberal aristocracy (along Jeffersonian lines) is conceivable, so long as membership is not hereditary. The majority of the book is a history of Liberalism, which while valuable, seems at variance with the title of the book.I can be, all at once, a Jew, a socialist, an academic political theorist, a New Yorker, a husband and father (and grandfather), and an active, but part-time, citizen of the American republic. How To Be A Liberal by Ian Dunt is available to purchase via Canbury Press with a 20% discount using the code LSEHTBAL2020. The newcomers weren’t loved, some were loathed, but accepted as the national view was that they represented the safe future – a numbers game of population increase. Dunt uses their voices and experiences to explain the evolution of Liberal moral and political philosophy. There is little here to refute the Marxist critique of liberal capitalism and his assaults on communism tend to be of the 'they weren't very nice to the kulaks' variety rather than thoroughgoing critiques.

In a soaring narrative that stretches from the English Civil War to the 2008 financial crash and the rise of populism, the journalist Ian Dunt tells the epic story of liberalism, from its birth in the fight against absolute monarchy to the modern-day resistance against the new populism.A really powerful book charting liberalism from its inception, showing how different thinkers conceived of liberty and human rights until the present day. In this groundbreaking new book, political journalist Ian Dunt tells the story of liberalism, from its birth in the fight against absolute monarchy to the modern-day resistance against the new populism.

Dunt also points out liberalism's failings and its current challenges, and presents a rallying cry to revive it.I have already raised doubts about a liberal communist; the Stalinist version of communism certainly can’t abide the adjective, though I am sure that there are liberal communists—in the nineteenth century certainly, and perhaps today—who believe in a plurality of communes of different sorts. It would allow citizens to avoid (some) meetings for the sake of their private happiness—to watch a baseball game, go to the movies, play with the kids, work in the garden, make love, or just sit with friends and talk.



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