The S-USIH Best Book prize for books published in 2016 goes to Jan Stievermann’s Prophecy, Piety, and the Problem of Historicity. Interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures in Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana. Stievermann, who teaches at the University of Heidelberg, where he is professor […]
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History announces the open call for candidates to serve as S-USIH officers, with terms that cover June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. We encourage members who are interested to self-nominate by Ray Haberski at […]
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Dorothy Ross Award for best article published by an emerging scholar goes to Nick Witham for his article, “Popular History, Postwar Liberalism, and the Role of the Public Intellectual […]
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What follows is the second part of an ongoing conversation that I’ve been having with Jim Livingston about the left and liberalism. Part One is here.
AH: All right, let’s talk about markets and liberalism. And democracy and socialism.
JL: OK. Let me slip the yoke, just for a minute. Let me ask: was John Maynard Keynes a socialist?
I ask the question for two reasons. I still don’t understand why the Left of our time defines itself as against the intellectual legacy of liberalism, even in light of your unfolding argument about Marxism in the making of modern America (the Left had to differentiate itself from the vital center). And I still wonder why markets seem to be the divisor—as if on one side of modernity you’ll find markets, liberty, individualism, and liberalism, and on the other you’ll find statism, equality, solidarity, and socialism. As if we’ve revived the debates of the 1930s! (more…)