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Massey addresses decline of liberalism, Sept. 22

Douglas Massey, Princeton professor of sociology and public affairs, will address the subject of his newest book in a lecture titled "Liberalism and Its Discontents" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Massey is the author of "Return of the 'L' Word: A Liberal Vision for the New Century” (Princeton University Press, 2005), an assessment of why American liberalism declined in the last third of the 20th century and what can be done to resurrect it.

Massey traces liberalism's opposition and argues that, after successes such as the New Deal, liberals became arrogant and heavy-handed in imposing policies on an unreceptive public, while conservatives capitalized with an ideology of free markets, limited government and conservative social values. The book outlines a new liberal political philosophy and presents an approach to liberal coalition-building in America.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public International Affairs.

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