Liberalism and Its Discontents by Francis Fukuyama audiobook

Liberalism and Its Discontents

By Francis Fukuyama
Read by Christopher Ragland

Macmillan Audio 9780374606718

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781250856395

  • ISBN: 9781250856395

Runtime: 5.22 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A short audiobook about the challenges to liberalism from the right and the left by the bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order. Classical liberalism is in a state of crisis. Developed in the wake of Europe’s wars over religion and nationalism, liberalism is a system for governing diverse societies, which is grounded in fundamental principles of equality and the rule of law. It emphasizes the rights of individuals to pursue their own forms of happiness free from encroachment by government. It's no secret that liberalism didn't always live up to its own ideals. In America, many people were denied equality before the law. Who counted as full human beings worthy of universal rights was contested for centuries, and only recently has this circle expanded to include women, African Americans, LGBTQ+ people, and others. Conservatives complain that liberalism empties the common life of meaning. As the renowned political philosopher Francis Fukuyama shows in Liberalism and Its Discontents, the principles of liberalism have also, in recent decades, been pushed to new extremes by both the right and the left: neoliberals made a cult of economic freedom, and progressives focused on identity over human universality as central to their political vision. The result, Fukuyama argues, has been a fracturing of our civil society and an increasing peril to our democracy. In this short, clear account of our current political discontents, Fukuyama offers an essential defense of a revitalized liberalism for the twenty-first century. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Urgent and timely…It is crystalline in its definitions, even while acknowledging the complexities of practice…A brilliantly acute summary.” The Guardian (London)
“Should be read and debated by leaders and activists across the ideological spectrum. This clearly written and concisely argued book highlights Fukuyama’s lifelong examination of the political theories and systems that shape human history.” Washington Monthly
“[Fukuyama’s] thinking here is democratic to the core…[A] rich argument in favor of conserving liberal ideals―and liberal government.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Francis Fukuyama

Author Bio: Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is the author of The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director in the State Department's policy planning staff.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 5.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English