An insider's investigation of the decline and impending death of the American Liberal movement in the United States today.
As a political movement, Liberalism is dead. Its acolytes do not have the numbers. They do not have the policies. After the 2008 election, the Democrats showed their true colors. Faced with an entitlement crisis, they actually rang up additional trillion dollar deficits. We now face the entitlement crisis and a budget crisis, and the Liberals have no answer for them beyond tax and spend. They still have support in the media, but even here they are faced with opposition from Fox News, talk radio, and the Internet.
Since its larval days in the 1950s, Conservatism has been on the rise, and its adherents have become far more numerous than those of Liberalism. Why? The vast majority of Americans favor free enterprise and personal liberty.
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., founder of "The American Spectator," is intimately familiar with the ideology and personalities of these warring factions in the United States from the inside. In "The Death of Liberalism," he analyzes who's right and what went wrong. And, in the process, he outlines the conservative agenda for the "next ascendancy."