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After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State
In this trenchant challenge to social engineering, Paul Gottfried analyzes a patricide: the slaying of nineteenth-century liberalism by the managerial state. Many people, of course, realize that liberalism no longer connotes distributed powers and bourgeois moral standards, the need to protect civil society from an encroaching state, or the virtues of vigorous self-governm ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 2nd 2001 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Gottfried situates liberalism and democracy as two different essences. For me, Gottfried is best when he discusses how the Frankfurt School, at least semantically, replaces power with the therapeutic. The therapeutic society is ever evolving without discussion of power, or how we got here?, or where we're going. With or without knowing it Gottfried understands politics as we've entered the post-human turn.
Jun 11, 2011 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Gottfried's thesis is that self-government is dead. Modern intellectuals (journalists and professors) give marching orders to teachers, who condition students to accept the more dubious aspects of the multicultural project by tempting them with goodies from the welfare state, to which individuals are unable to resist. Self-government is over, says Gottfried, and liberals have been able to define liberalism in an unprecedented manner, and in so doing, have declared certain parts of politics off-l ...more