Preface ixChapter 1. Return of the "L" Word 1
Chapter 2. Where Liberalism Went Wrong 11
Chapter 3. Liberalism and the Market 37
Chapter 4. Domestic Policies 64
Chapter 5. Global Policies 89
Chapter 6. Liberalism and Its Discontents 117
Chapter 7. Liberalism Unbound 154
Somewhere in the 1970s liberals in the United States lost their way. After successes like the New Deal, they became arrogant. So argues Douglas Massey in Return of the "L" Word. Faced with the difficult politics of race and class, liberals used the heavy hand of government to impose policies on a resentful public. Conservatives capitalized on this with a staunch ideology of free markets, limited government, and conservative social values. The time is ripe for a liberal realignment, declares Massey, but what has been lacking is a consistent liberal ideology that explains to voters, in simple terms, government's vital role in producing a healthier, more financially equitable, less divided society.