Harold Laski and American Liberalism

By the time he died, in 1950, his earlier pronouncements seemed wide of the mark, and the increased stridency and shrillness produced by his disappointment had begun to bore even many who had been devoted to him in earlier years.As this ...

Author: Gary Best

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351516273

Category: Political Science

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For nearly three decades, the English political scientist Harold Laski was the gray eminence of American liberalism and its most influential Marxist public intellectual. As a fervent proponent of the New Deal in the 1930s, much of Laski's success stemmed from the fact that he offered answers when so many Americans had only questions. By the postwar years, however, his reputation was in decline and his influence left the Democratic Party vulnerable in the1948 elections. In Harold Laski and American Liberalism Gary Dean Best traces the trajectory of Laski's American career and accounts for its ultimate failure.American politics and society were central to Laski's intellectual enterprise. As Best shows, probably no one residing in America has published as many words critical of the United States as did this Englishman. Virtually no aspect of American life went unscathed, and yet at the root of every attack was American capitalism, the businessman, those with property, who, in Laski's view were the source of all the perversion of American life.The 1930s was a period of ferment among America's intellectuals. By the 1940s it was only Laski who was bewildered--at the failure of his diagnoses and the rejection of his prescriptions even by those who had been captivated by him in the previous decade. By the time he died, in 1950, his earlier pronouncements seemed wide of the mark, and the increased stridency and shrillness produced by his disappointment had begun to bore even many who had been devoted to him in earlier years.As this volume shows, the real tragedy for Laski was that he allowed his intellect to be captured and held captive by the Marxian dialectic, denying himself the use of his own reason despite that dialectic's repeated failures. Harold Laski and American Liberalism will be of interest to intellectual historians, political scientists, and American studies specialists.

Harold Laski and American Liberalism

Gary Dean Best traces the trajectory of Laski's American career and accounts for its ultimate failure.

Author: Gary Dean Best

Publisher: Transaction Pub

ISBN: 076580266X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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For nearly three decades, the English political scientist Harold Laski was the gray eminence of American liberalism and its most influential Marxist public intellectual. Gary Dean Best traces the trajectory of Laski's American career and accounts for its ultimate failure.

Harold Laski and American Liberalism

Here, too, Laski's contacts were primarily with fellow academics, usually of liberal persuasion, and they lacked the immersion in ordinary life that was required of a balanced perspective on America. As Louis Fischer put it, Laski in ...

Author: Gary Best

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351516280

Category: Political Science

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For nearly three decades, the English political scientist Harold Laski was the gray eminence of American liberalism and its most influential Marxist public intellectual. As a fervent proponent of the New Deal in the 1930s, much of Laski's success stemmed from the fact that he offered answers when so many Americans had only questions. By the postwar years, however, his reputation was in decline and his influence left the Democratic Party vulnerable in the1948 elections. In Harold Laski and American Liberalism Gary Dean Best traces the trajectory of Laski's American career and accounts for its ultimate failure.American politics and society were central to Laski's intellectual enterprise. As Best shows, probably no one residing in America has published as many words critical of the United States as did this Englishman. Virtually no aspect of American life went unscathed, and yet at the root of every attack was American capitalism, the businessman, those with property, who, in Laski's view were the source of all the perversion of American life.The 1930s was a period of ferment among America's intellectuals. By the 1940s it was only Laski who was bewildered--at the failure of his diagnoses and the rejection of his prescriptions even by those who had been captivated by him in the previous decade. By the time he died, in 1950, his earlier pronouncements seemed wide of the mark, and the increased stridency and shrillness produced by his disappointment had begun to bore even many who had been devoted to him in earlier years.As this volume shows, the real tragedy for Laski was that he allowed his intellect to be captured and held captive by the Marxian dialectic, denying himself the use of his own reason despite that dialectic's repeated failures. Harold Laski and American Liberalism will be of interest to intellectual historians, political scientists, and American studies specialists.

The Political Ideas of Harold J Laski

Studies the writings of Harold Laski from 1914-1950 in books, pamphlets, and articles dealing with the state and its relationships to individuals, groups, liberty and equality, sovereignty and obedience.

Author: Herbert Andrew Deane

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ISBN: UOM:39015000671654

Category: Political science

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Studies the writings of Harold Laski from 1914-1950 in books, pamphlets, and articles dealing with the state and its relationships to individuals, groups, liberty and equality, sovereignty and obedience. Looks at the stages of his life when he was a proponent of Pluralism, Fabianism, and finally Marxist socialism.

The Rise of European Liberalism

Hence, liberalism's progressive side is doomed to defeat because, throughout its history, the bourgeois nature of the ideology has always prevailed.

Author: Harold Joseph Laski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1560008458

Category: Political Science

Page: 287

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Hence, liberalism's progressive side is doomed to defeat because, throughout its history, the bourgeois nature of the ideology has always prevailed.

The Rise of European Liberalism

In some degree an historical background to the author's The state in theory and practice published last year. cf. Pref."Part of the book was delivered at Trinity college, Dublin as the Donellan lectures in February of this year."--Pref.

Author: Harold Joseph Laski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: STANFORD:36105003890212

Category: Liberalism

Page: 296

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In some degree an historical background to the author's The state in theory and practice published last year. cf. Pref."Part of the book was delivered at Trinity college, Dublin as the Donellan lectures in February of this year."--Pref. "Notes" (chiefly bibliographical): p. 265-280.

Studies in Law and Politics

Gary Deane Best, Harold Laski and American Liberalism Harold Laski and American Liberalism (New Brunswick, (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2005), p. 9. NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2005), p. 9. 25.

Author: Harold Joseph Laski

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412835374

Category: Law

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The essays that comprise Studies in Law and Politics are by and large academic. But Laski had a purpose in addition to the purely scholarly: he was eagerly pursuing possibilities for social and political change. Laski sought tirelessly for opportunities to act on those possibilities and, as is the case throughout his work, his academic and political purposes have no clear boundary between them. Studies in Law of Politics was published at a crucial juncture in Laski's ideological metamorphosis. During this period he had become increasingly worried that socialists might not be able to achieve the growth of working-class power. Although the essays contained in the volume cover a wide range of topics, and a wide span of time since the mid-1920s, he brought them into unity by a common approach. Though he does not make his unifying premise immediately evident to his readers, he clearly meant to chart the growth of power of those who had previously been without influence. His goal also was to identify the problems facing growth in a highly modernized society. Studies in Law and Politics reveals Laski's growing realization that the road to socialism might be more difficult than what he had believed when he wrote his pluralist works. The book reflects the mind of a thinker who was not content to write exclusively as an academic or a political activist. His view was that, while progressive reforms have been achieved in the past, they are not easily accomplished, and obstacles to further reforms should not be underestimated. This sober work offers much insight into Laski's intellectual development, as well as the times about which he wrote.

Studies in Law and Politics

(Part 2 1975), p. 1. 23.23. IbidIbid, p. 12. , p. 12. 24. Gary Deane Best, 24. Gary Deane Best, Harold Laski and American Liberalism Harold Laski and American Liberalism (New Brunswick, (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2005), ...

Author: Harold Laski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351487757

Category: Political Science

Page: 332

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The essays that comprise Studies in Law and Politics are by and large academic. But Laski had a purpose in addition to the purely scholarly: he was eagerly pursuing possibilities for social and political change. Laski sought tirelessly for opportunities to act on those possibilities and, as is the case throughout his work, his academic and political purposes have no clear boundary between them.Studies in Law of Politics was published at a crucial juncture in Laski's ideological metamorphosis. During this period he had become increasingly worried that socialists might not be able to achieve the growth of working-class power. Although the essays contained in the volume cover a wide range of topics, and a wide span of time since the mid-1920s, he brought them into unity by a common approach. Though he does not make his unifying premise immediately evident to his readers, he clearly meant to chart the growth of power of those who had previously been without influence. His goal also was to identify the problems facing growth in a highly modernized society.Studies in Law and Politics reveals Laski's growing realization that the road to socialism might be more difficult than what he had believed when he wrote his pluralist works. The book reflects the mind of a thinker who was not content to write exclusively as an academic or a political activist. His view was that, while progressive reforms have been achieved in the past, they are not easily accomplished, and obstacles to further reforms should not be underestimated. This sober work offers much insight into Laski's intellectual development, as well as the times about which he wrote.