Hence the question: Are these good or bad times for liberalism? To answer, we shall need a broader perspective than a survey of contemporary developments can provide. We shall need to look back, that is, to see what liberalism was in order to understand what it has become. Only then can we assess its current condition and prospects-and appreciate how politics in the United States is largely an intramural debate between different wings of liberalism.
Copyright © 1990, American Political Science Association. This article first appeared in The Political Science Teacher: 3:1 (1990), 1-6.
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Ball, Terence, and Richard Dagger. "The 'L-Word': A Short History of Liberalism." The Political Science Teacher 3, no. 1 (Winter 1990): 1-6.