A Poisonous Tradition

Source: Liberal Currents
by Alan Elrod

“Robert Kagan’s Rebellion: How Antiliberalism is Tearing America Apart — Again is a concise but thorough tour through the influence of American liberalism’s malign twin. It’s a Romulus and Remus story without the fratricide, a nation born of both the edifying instruction of liberal principles and the defiling influence of antiliberal attitudes, whose expression in American history has most often been found in racial injustice. At one point or another in America’s existence, each logic has held the upper hand. On a more intimate scale, they have battled within the minds of the country’s most significant actors — antiliberalism prevailing as far back as Jefferson, who could not forsake the institution of slavery he criticized, and as recently as Trump.” (06/03/24)