By Peter Berkowitz. Published 2000. ISBN 9780718716189
In public discourse in the United States 'liberal' has been a term of abuse that Republicans hurl and Democrats dodge. Yet despite contemporary liberalism's tarnished reputation, Berkowitz argues that it has produced goods that are as fundamental to the political hopes of majorities on the right as well as the left: individual liberty, human equality, religious toleration and free exercise of human reason. He calls for a need to defend liberalism's honor against the critiques to which the liberal tradition is now subject, and highlights its fundamental premise of freedom and equality.