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Okay, But What’s Wrong With Liberalism?

Jonathan Chait and Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara debate.

ERIC LEVITZ: Jon, three years ago you wrote an article titled “Reminder: Liberalism Is Working, and Marxism Has Always Failed.” Bhaskar, you’ve spent your entire adult life arguing something close to the opposite. So I thought we could start by discussing whether liberalism has proved itself adequate to our nation’s current challenges.

JONATHAN CHAIT: Liberalism is a somewhat unique American term to describe a center-left that sees itself between socialism and laissez-faire. It’s a term that has run from the Progressive Era or arguably the New Deal to

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