The Corruption of Liberalism

Mumford, Lewis
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p93
This article discusses issues relate to liberalism. As an economic creed, liberalism was undermined by imperialism and monopoly before the nineteenth century closed. But as a personal and social philosophy, liberalism has been dissolving before the eyes only during the past decade. The record of liberalism during the last decade has been one of shameful evasion and inept retreat. Liberalism has compromised with despotism because despotism promised economic benefits to the masses, an old device of despotism. Liberals no longer act as if justice mattered, as if truth mattered, as if right mattered, as if humanity as a whole were any concern of theirs, the truth is they no longer dare to act.


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