Liberalism: The Genius of American Ideals

Liberalism: The Genius of American Ideals

by Marcus G. Raskin


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Raskin (cofounder, Institute for Policy Studies) sees the abandonment of liberalism being practiced by the George W. Bush administration as leading to unending war and economic oligarchy. Against this evitable grim future, he places the possibilities of "stage three liberalism," which incorporates the lessons of Smithian first stage and Rooseveltian second stage liberalisms (not to be confused with Clinton's "third wave"). His liberalism is based in the belief that "within humanity there exists a moral sense that can help to guide human action." He explores the other core values and offers some descriptions of how it should be applied to practices for economic, social, and political justice and equality. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742515901
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Marcus G. Raskin is distinguished fellow and co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is also professor of policy studies and adjunct professor of political science at George Washington University. Marcus G. Raskin, the highly acclaimed political theorist and activist, is cofounder of the influential Institute for Policy Studies. He is professor at George Washington University and a member of the editorial board of The Nation magazine. He is author of numerous well-reviewed books including Being and Doing, The Common Good, The Politics of National Security, Visions and Revisions, Essays of a Citizen, New Ways of Knowing (with Herbert J. Bernstein), and The Vietnam Reader with Bernard B. Fall. He is the editor of a ten-volume series on Reconstruction and Paths for the 21st Century with three books slated for publication in 2004. Raskin's numerous scholarly articles have appeared in major journals concerning philosophy, history, and education. His op-eds and popular articles have appeared in newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. He has appeared in all major media including CNN, NBC, C-Span, NPR, and other radio and TV outlets. Raskin was a former member of the National Security Council Staff under President John F. Kennedy and chair of Peace Action, a major peace organization. He was an acquitted member of the Boston 5 draft conspiracy case, on Nixon's Enemies List, and a Fulbright Lecturer. Raskin is credited with coining the phrase, "the National Security State," currently enjoying a resurgence of interest and concern in the midst of Bush Administration policies. Marcus G. Raskin is a graduate of the University of Chicago College and Law School. He is married to Lynn Raskin, has four children and eight grandchildren, and is an accomplished pianist. He is a resident of Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Chapter 2 I The Liberal Purpose Chapter 3 II The Ambiguity of Liberal Democracy Chapter 4 III Giving Birth to Third-Stage Liberalism Chapter 5 IV Features of Democratic Transformation Chapter 6 V Cultural Support and Impediments to Liberal Democracy Chapter 7 VI Social Character and the Liberalism of Social Reconstruction Chapter 8 VII Capitalist Economics Fails Democracy Chapter 9 VIII Democracy and the Culture of Technohype Chapter 10 IX The Liberal Democratic Covenant: Everyone Sits at the Table Chapter 11 X Education and the University: Testing Ground for Liberal Democracy Chapter 12 XI Peace and Realpolitik Chapter 13 XII War Avoidance and a Peaceful Framework Chapter 14 XIII Tragic and Hopeful Signs: The Ought and Necessary

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