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Books in brief: The Politics of Virtue

Liberalism is leading to a crisis of our humanity

By Jon Cruddas   January 2017

9781783486502-230x345The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future, by John Milbank and Adrian Pabs (RLI, £24.95)

How to understand Brexit and Trump? A good place to start is the victory of the “two liberalisms” of the last 50 years—the 1960s advances in social liberalism, which have since been complemented by the economic liberalism of the free market.

Both of these liberalisms have their intellectual origins in a philosophy of justice built on the extension of personal freedoms. Yet under the guise of liberty we have witnessed an unparalleled concentration of wealth and…

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