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The Revolt Against the Masses How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class

By Fred Siegel
Encounter Books 2014 ISBN: 9781594036996

About the Book

This short book rewrites the history of modern American liberalism. It shows that what we think of liberalism today – the top and bottom coalition we associate with President Obama—began not with Progressivism or the New Deal but rather in the wake of the post-WWI disillusionment with American society. In the twenties, the first writers and thinkers to call themselves liberals adopted the hostility to bourgeois life that had long characterized European intellectuals of both the left and the right. The aim of liberalism’s foundational writers and thinkers such as Herbert Croly, Randolph Bourne, H.G. Wells, Sinclair Lewis and H.L Mencken was to create an American aristocracy of sorts, to provide a sense of hierarchy and order associated with European statism.

About the Author

Fred Siegel is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership, a City Journal contributing editor, and an expert on market-friendly public-policy solutions for urban governance. For many years he made his intellectual home at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Before joining the faculty of Cooper Union, Mr. Siegel was a visiting professor of modern American history at the University of Paris. A former fellow at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he is currently scholar-in-residence at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.


Revealing New History Of Liberalism , Daniel DiSalvo, Washington Times, 2-17-14
The Failure of Obama's Aristocracy of Merit, Michael Barone, Creators Syndicate, 2-18-14
Book Review: 'The Revolt Against the Masses,'. . ., Barton Swaim, Wall Street Journal, 2-17-14
New Book Exposes Liberal 'Social Snobs', George Marlin, Newsmax, 2-17-14
‘The Revolt Against the Masses’ reveals liberalism’s elitist roots, Michael Goodwin, New York Post, 2-16-14
Opiate of the Elites, Vincent Cannato, The Weekly Standard, 2-10-14
A Revolting Development, Jay Cost, Washington Free Beacon, 2-8-14
The elitist roots of American liberals, Mark Judge, The Daily Caller, 1-30-14
Rewriting liberalism's history, Editors, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1-25-14
Rotary Club Plots to Seize American Power, Ed Driscoll, PJ Media, 1-24-14
Revolt Against The Masses, Noah Millman, New York Times Sunday Book Review, 1-24-14
Obama's polls fall as middle class gets his number, Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner, 1-22-14

Who really won the 60s?, Fred Siegel, The Daily Beast, 1-26-14

The Left Preaches the Great Apocalypse of Global Warming, Ben Shapiro, Creators Syndicate, 2-19-14
Liberalism Transformed , Gerald Russello, National Review Online, 2-19-14
What in the world: Is liberal elitism killing the middle class?, Editors, BBC, 2-18-14
Left-wing Totalitarianism in America, Richard Winchester, The American Thinker, 2-17-14
The Heart of Liberalism, Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online, 2-3-14
How the L-Word Was Won, Ed Driscoll, PJ Media, 1-19-14

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