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Patrick Deneen: “Regime Change: Toward a Postliberal Future”

“The so-called conservative movement of the 1980s was anything but conservative.”

On September 26th, Patrick Deneen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, joined Merion West’s Henry George for a conversation inspired by Professor Deneen’s latest book Regime Change: Toward a Postliberal Future. Mr. George previously profiled Professor Deneen in a pair of articles at Merion West published in October of 2020 and reviewed Regime Change at The Critic in early September. Professor Deneen’s 2018 book Why Liberalism Failed attracted significant coverage and discussion, finding its way onto former President Barack Obama’s reading list despite the former President’s disagreement with elements of the book. Regime Change has similarly been generating considerable notice, inspiring a POLITICO Magazine feature in June of this year for instance. In their conversation, Professor Deneen and Mr. George discuss how right-liberalism differs from genuine conservatism; how the Republican Party in the United States and the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom have arguably failed both the conservative movement and fallen short when it comes to representing the interests of the working class; Roger Scruton’s concept of Oikophobia; and the National Conservatism movement.

This interview appears in video form:


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