I’m sorry to be persistent, but can we continue this discussion?
Perhaps, as a starting point, we might construct a bibliography of the best books to tackle each of the questions I posed in relation to the history of American Liberalism. To catalyze your memories, here is the question list from my prior post (somewhat modified):
– When did American liberalism begin? The Progressive Era?
– What was the apex of American liberalism? The early 1960s?
– Is the “liberal project” in America dead? As of when? Perhaps it’s still in its death throes?
– What is peculiar about American liberalism in terms of what Max Lerner called the “battlefields of liberalism”?
– Why is liberalism both loved and loathed?
– What is liberalism’s relationship to the academy?
– What is liberalism’s relationship with American modernity? Are they chronologically the same? Are they two sides of the same coin?
– What is philosophy’s relationship with liberalism?
– Who are the most articulate proponents of liberalism in philosophy? Rawls? Dewey? Habermas? Walzer?
– Why is liberalism—in a very weird turn of events—sometimes confused with socialism/communism?
– What is liberalism’s relationship with the Left? When are they not the same?
– What is liberalism’s relationship with the Arts?
– Who are exemplars of U.S. political liberalism? Franklin Delano Roosevelt? LBJ?
– How does liberalism cross party lines? Or rather, is there such a category as “Republican Liberalism”?
– What is liberalism’s relationship to the common terms of liberal and conservative?
– Could Ronald Reagan be classified as an exemplar of Republican liberalism? Eisenhower?
– What is liberalism in American economic terms?
– What is the relationship between class (economic) and liberalism?
– If liberalism has been instrumental in the construction of something of a “welfare state” in America, why is liberalism reviled by those on the far Left?
– Why is religion’s relationship—whether Christian or otherwise—with liberalism troubled?
– Are secularism and liberalism basically synonymous?
– What is liberalism’s relationship with multiculturalism? What of pluralism?
– What is postmodernism’s relationship with liberalism?
– Why is liberalism prone to the anarchy of license, “absolute liberty,” and laissez-faire?
– Can equality exist without liberalism?
– With all this potential confusion about the term, who are “liberals”?