(Neo) Liberalism: A Slow Death

Author Patrick Deneen discusses Why Liberalism Failed and Ryan Cooper talks neoliberalism on the governmentality podcast.
By Allen McDuffee
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on email
liberalism_why_liberalism_failed
Photo credit: Kristoffer Trolle


Liberalism may conjure up certain political leanings in American society, but its roots are in philosophy that predates the United States and while encompassing the norms, practices and principles of both major political parties and the overwhelming majority of American citizens. Despite this commonality,  liberalism—and its updated version, neoliberalism—may precisely be what’s ailing America in terms of persistent racism, rising inequality, and rampant ideological polarization.

On this episode, I talk to Ryan Cooper, national correspondent at The Week, about neoliberalism and how it’s hurting the Democratic Party. And in the book chat, I speak with Patrick Deneen, a political theorist at the University of Notre Dame about his new book, Why Liberalism Failed.

Listen and subscribe to the governmentality podcast in iTunesGoogle PlaySoundCloudBlubrryStitcher, or anywhere else podcasts are found.

Guests:

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week and his work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper.

Patrick Deneen is the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair in Constitutional Studies and associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. His new book is Why Liberalism Failed. Follow him on Twitter: @PatrickDeneen.

Discussed on the show:

Follow governmentality:

Please take a moment to rate and review the show wherever you listen to podcasts—it really does help others discover our show.

The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

The Rundown

1. Mitch McConnell’s Trump Calculation 

Jane Mayer at The New Yorker takes a deep dive on the risk of McConnell’s refusal to restrain the chief executive of the United States. 

2. 500,000+ Zoom Accounts Are For Sale on the Dark Web

Credentials of individuals and high-profile companies like Chase have been swept up, marking a new headache for the videoconferencing giant.

3. Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden

Sanders told Biden, “We need you in the White House,” during a teleconference. But how many of his supporters heard him?

4. Paul Manafort Is Seeking Prison Release Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Trump’s former campaign manager claims he is “high risk.” 

5. Joe Biden Could Get a Critical Boost From a Black VP Pick

New polling suggests Biden could garner more enthusiasm among black voters in battleground states by picking a black woman.

6. Sanofi and GSK Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will enter clinical trials later in 2020, but still won’t be available until late 2021. 

bottom