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Past, Present, Future

Jonathan Bean

in Race and Liberty in America

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125459
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125459.003.0009
Past, Present, Future

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This chapter discusses the present status of classical liberalism. Classical liberals can no longer rely on the support of either Democratic or Republican parties. The Democrats remain forever committed to racial preferences, whereas the Republicans are embarrassed by questions of race and wish they would go away. In 2000, George W. Bush escaped from issues of race. Race mixing and immigration promise to shake the foundations of the “skin game” played by politicians and government bureaucrats. President Barack Obama, a product of racial intermarriage and immigration, represents the “new face of American politics.” Diversity liberalism is the bipartisan consensus of the early twenty-first-century. Classical liberalists fought setbacks and remained confident that progress toward equal rights and individual liberty was possible. The greatest Omni-American, Frederick Douglass, envisions one country, citizenship, liberty, and law for all people, without regard to race.

Keywords: classical liberalism; George W. Bush; Barack Obama; racial intermarriage; immigration; diversity liberalism; twenty-first century; Frederick Douglass; race mixing

Chapter.  2310 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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