The Liberal Orthodoxy

Non-Fiction - Cultural
415 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Liberal Orthodoxy is a work of non-fiction in the politics, philosophy, and social issues sub-genres, and was penned by author Lawrence Eubank. In this fascinating and fully rounded exploratory work, Mr. Eubank looks at the phenomenon surrounding the extreme movement of liberalism towards a kind of religious-style doctrine that can be seen to encourage intolerance and repression. The work contains an introduction and five chapters that describe the creation of this extreme orthodoxy, from early origins and moral ideals toward the view that many have of the extreme liberalist movement today. What results is a fascinating look at a less-explored area of extreme policy and outlook.

In this day and age, we have a tendency to blame certain political conflicts on only one side of the argument, so it was refreshing to read the work of author Lawrence Eubank, who has laid out a balanced framework through which we can clearly see how both sides of extreme social policies and viewpoints can be as bad as one another. Whatever your personal politics, it is vital to think critically and understand the origins, motivations, and ideological shifts in major philosophical movements. This book delivers exactly that critique of liberalism, with a far-reaching lens that assesses the big picture rather than the current moment. As such, this well-organized and well-written volume certainly gives much pause for thought for students who might wish to examine political debates more critically and to raise awareness of the less-publicized danger signals in the modern political landscape for us all. Overall, I would recommend The Liberal Orthodoxy as a must-read for anyone desiring to expand their critical thinking in the political vein.