Book cover of What Was Liberalism?: The Past, Present, and Promise of a Noble Idea by James Traubby James Traub

A sweeping history of liberalism, from its earliest origins to its imperiled present and uncertain future

Donald Trump is the first American president to regard liberal values with open contempt. He has company: the leaders of Italy, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, among others, are also avowed illiberals. What happened? Why did liberalism lose the support it once enjoyed? In What Was Liberalism?, James Traub returns to the origins of liberalism, in the aftermath of the American and French revolutions and in the works of such great thinkers as John Stuart Mill and Isaiah Berlin. 

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art of The Michael Shermer ShowThe Michael Shermer Show
91. James Traub – What Was Liberalism? The Past, Present, and Promise of a Noble Idea
11/11/19         82 min

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