Helena Rosenblatt on the Lost History of Liberalism

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Mike talks with Helena Rosenblatt, a professor of history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, about her latest book, The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century.

Topics Mike & Helena discuss include:

  • the meaning of liberalism in ancient Greece and Rome
  • liberalism as an aristocratic virtue
  • the connection between liberalism and education
  • the Catholic Church as an historical opponent of liberalism
  • classical, ‘laissez faire’ liberalism
  • progressive Republicans, Wilsonian Democrats, and 20th century American liberalism
  • how mid-twentieth century totalitarianism affected liberalism
  • the key challenges to modern liberalism

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