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Why Liberalism (Actually It Did Not) Failed

and, How It Can be Revitalized With Metaeconomics




Patrick Deneen, a political philosopher and theorist, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, has created quite a stir with claims for Why Liberalism Failed (Deneen, 2019). He has become a regular speaker by invitation at various meetings of academics in universities. He has also gained attention on both Left and Right on the political spectrum, although perhaps the most attention by several on the Right.

Deneen (2019) is speaking to the failure of Classical Liberalism, sourced out of the Enlightenment starting in the late-1600s, as represented in contemporary expressions of Market (Neo)liberalism supported mainly by people on the Right of the political spectrum, and in Cultural liberalism supported mainly by people on the Left.


The failure on both Right and Left has led to the political (economic) chaos we are experiencing. Deneen (2019) is bringing certain solutions to the table, reflecting an integration of (Catholic theology based) Christianity and (Western) Philosophy, brought together in political theory.


The original Metaeconomics Blog about Why Liberalism Failed was posted on August 14, 2019. Please go visit it again, as it has been substantively updated here in October - November, 2021. See https://www.metaeconomics.info/post/why-classical-liberalism-failed : The Blog works to make sense of the Deneen (2019) frames using Metaeconomics after Lynne (2020), with said reframing pointing to the real political economic problem that needs attention.


Deneen, P. J. Why Liberalism Failed. New Haven: Yale University Press, Kindle ed., 2019.

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