Magazine March 23, 2015, Issue

The Seer

Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism, by James Burnham (Encounter, 400 pp., $17.99)

One evening in February 1963, inside Firestone Library on the campus of Princeton University, the Christian Gauss Seminar in Criticism was called to order. Authors under discussion included John Dewey, Karl Marx, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and Michael Oakeshott. The instructor was James Burnham, a senior editor of National Review. His topic: “Liberalism as the Ideology of Western Suicide.”

The seminar was not recorded. But Burnham turned the material into Suicide of the West, published the following year and now reissued by Encounter Books in association with the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale. Lengthy and sometimes dated, Burnham’s treatise is

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