THE RISE AND DECLINE OF LIBERALISM by Thomas P. Neill

THE RISE AND DECLINE OF LIBERALISM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Liberalism means different things, to different people, at different times, and in different places. But, using historical methods, Dr. Neill has endeavored to examine its role, to generalize from specific instances on the essential elements which have characterized it. He traces the complete reversal within one century- 1815-1914, on such ideas as the role of the masses, the bourgeoisie, property, the relation of church and state. He examines its development in England, France, the balance of the continent, and suggests that the inevitable and logical development is towards Totalitarianism. That the goal of liberty yields to the demand for security. Agriculture- to take England specifically- yields to industrialization, that in turn to Big Business, and ultimately to the power of the state. While classical liberalism has achieved much that is good, those accomplishments were bought at too high a price. Any future liberalism must subscribe to a true and positive form of freedom postulated on the Christian tradition... A thoughtful book, not to be taken without challenge. But it says much that needed to be said.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1953
Publisher: Bruce