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The Once and Future Liberal

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Despite Lilla’s great arguments and examples, the overall tone of this book is that of a harsh scolding. As a result, Lilla’s passionate call for the left’s unity with those in the middle and on the right is diminished.

In writing “The Once and Future Liberal,” the historian Mark Lilla has produced a short tome that is devoid of the shrieking hysteria about partisan rivals that usually sells political books.