Book: Why Liberalism Failed—Reviewed by David Gordon

“Deneen writes, “An earlier generation of philosophers and sociologists noted the psychological condition that led increasingly dislocated and disassociated selves to derive their basic identity from the state.. . .A population seeking to fill the void left by the weakening of more local memberships and associations was susceptible to a fanatical willingness to identify completely with  a distant and abstract state.” (p.59)

The renowned sociologist Robert Nisbet described this process with insight: “Shorn of the deepest ties to family {nuclear as well as extended), place, community, region, religion, and culture, and deeply shaped to believe that these forms of association are limits upon their autonomy, deracinated humans seek belonging and self-definition through the only legitimate form of organization available to them: the state.”(p.60)