By Patrick M. Garry
Considering that, 1968, liberalism as a conceivable political ideology has been less than assault, with the main competitive attack taking place within the 1988 presidential crusade. whereas conservatives denounced the "L-word" and proclaimed its dying as a political ideology, liberals and Democrats did not guard America's proud liberal culture. Liberals have not begun to take the ideological offensive. certainly, and not using a transparent ideological id, it isn't astonishing that the Democratic celebration appears to be like doubtful as to its destiny political message, fairly because it prepares for the 1992 election.
In Liberalism and American Identity, Patrick Garry provides a coherent and well-argued thesis of the that means and significance of liberalism in American politics. His is the 1st paintings that makes an attempt to rejuvenate political liberalism because the devastating assault on it throughout the Eighties. providing a practicable definition of liberalism, Garry demonstrates the important function it has performed, and will proceed to play, in American heritage. His exam of the liberal ideology and culture in American politics unearths not just the nation's liberal id, but additionally the conservative tendency to label liberalism "un-American" as a way to avoid dialogue of social problems.
Garry defines liberalism via ancient examples and the ideals and management of favorite americans, specifically Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy. He then applies those rules to a dialogue of present politics and the issues of crime, poverty, and nationwide security. even supposing arguing that the conservative assault in the course of the Nineteen Eighties drastically misrepresented the yank liberal culture, Garry additionally recognizes that alterations inside of authorized liberal doctrines through the Sixties and Seventies resulted in a deviation of latest liberalism from its roots. This betrayal of liberalism and its degeneration into designated curiosity politics, he asserts, triggered an identification hindrance between liberals and alienated huge segments of the yank voters formerly supportive of the politics of Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy.
In an attempt to solve the new difficulties of liberals, Garry outlines a destiny course for liberalism in the United States. For a public doubtful of its political direction, and for liberals looking a reinvigoration in their creed, this can be a tremendous and well timed publication.