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The Crisis of Modern Liberalism: A Conversation with Charles Kesler

with Charles R. Kesler

The next edition of Liberty Law Talk is a conversation with Charles Kesler on his new book, I am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism.  Professor Kesler’s book argues that the intellectual world of modern liberalism is built on philosophical contradictions about the nature of liberty and the requirements of law and government to protect it. A more basic flaw is its continuing inability to limit itself when it comes to state power and welfare entitlements. This “never enough” mentality translates into the overwhelming and barely governable size of the modern democratic state. Our current President, Barack Obama, embodies these contradictions and tendencies and, as such, richly illustrates modern liberalism’s contemporary understanding of law and power.

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