Magazine March 5, 2018, Issue

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What Liberalism Is Good For
“A better system will not automatically ensure a better life,” Václav Havel wrote 40 years ago, in the context of Communism in the Eastern bloc. “In fact, the opposite is true: only by creating a better life can a better system be developed.” Patrick Deneen incorporates that quote in his preface to Why Liberalism Failed, implying that Westerners in liberal democracies today are caught in a political system analogous to that of the totalitarian regimes of Eastern Europe last century.

David French in his review (“Liberalism’s Failure — and Its Success,” February 5) finds Deneen’s view unduly

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