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date: 24 January 2022

p. 1087. Misappropriations, disparagements, and lapseslocked

p. 1087. Misappropriations, disparagements, and lapseslocked

  • Michael Freeden


‘Misappropriations, disparagements, and lapses’ first considers one of the most prominent misrepresentations of liberalism: neoliberalism. In terms of liberal morphology, neoliberals confine the core liberal concept of rationality to maximizing economic advantage. It also discusses the rise of neoliberalism in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union; pseudo liberals, such as the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party; the concept of liberal internationalism; the criticism of liberalism by Marxists; and the race, ethnicity, and gender discrimination issues of liberalism. It concludes with the emotional side of liberalism that is often overlooked. Liberals believe that liberalism’s rational ideas—at their best—inspire passion and commitment.

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