Abstract

Abstract:

Those who consider themselves "left liberals" have expressed particular alarm about the dangers posed by leaders such as Donald Trump and his supporters for the future of liberal democracy. In response to leftists who argue liberal democracy itself is the problem, and Trump the symptom, Jeffrey Isaac defends the left-liberal position, presenting liberal democracy instead as a complex, novel, imperfect, and ultimately fragile form of politics, created after the Second World War through an accommodation between liberalism and democracy that was neither inevitable nor innocent. He contends that liberal democracy—in spite of its corruptions, failings, and complicity with injustice—represents the most practical and normatively legitimate way of organizing political power at the level of the nation-state.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1946-0910
Print ISSN
0012-3846
Pages
pp. 151-159
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-01
Open Access
No
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