Liberalism: Illusions and Realities

Niebuhr, Reinhold
July 1955
New Republic;7/4/55, Vol. 133 Issue 1, p11
The article deliberates on conservatism and liberalism as an ideology in the U.S. The spate of books on conservatism and liberalism in America has resulted in debates about the respective merits of these allegedly opposing political creeds in which a great deal of semantic confusion is manifest. The new book "Conservatism in America," by Clinton Rossiter has accurately defined the conservative mood in the U.S. It is obviously necessary to make the most careful distinctions between the conservatism and liberalism which are merely moods or ideologies according to which one defends a status quo or seeks to leave it behind, and the conservatism and liberalism which are cogent political philosophies.


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