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Liberalism

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To the Editor:

There can be agreement over William Kristol’s description of what liberalism has wrought. But like many of the younger conservatives, he has not really faced up to liberalism’s philosophical, ideological, and psychological involvements. This becomes clearest in one paragraph of “A Conservative Looks at Liberalism” [September 1993].

Mr. Kristol speaks of the effect on liberalism of “the collapse of the Soviet Union and more broadly of Marxism.” And he continues: “As long as it existed, Soviet Communism forced some sort of reality check on liberalism, reminding it that there were enemies to the Left. . . . The collapse of Marxism has removed the last barrier to the tendency within liberalism to push liberal doctrines to destructive extremes.”



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