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Black Rights/White WrongsThe Critique of Racial Liberalism$
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Charles W. Mills

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245412.001.0001

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Occupy Liberalism!

Occupy Liberalism!

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(p.10) Chapter 2 Occupy Liberalism!
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Black Rights/White Wrongs
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Charles W. Mills

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245412.003.0002

The “Occupy Wall Street!” movement stimulated a long listing of other candidates for radical “occupation.” This chapter proposes as a target for radical occupation the somewhat unusual candidate of liberalism itself. It argues for a constructive engagement of radicals with liberalism in order to retrieve it for a radical egalitarian agenda. The premise is that the foundational values of liberalism have a radical potential that has not historically been realized, given the way the dominant varieties of liberalism have developed. Ten reasons standardly given as to why such a retrieval cannot be carried out are examined and argued to be fallacious.

Keywords:   liberalism, radicalism, radicalizing liberalism, social ontology, group oppression, liberal values, liberalism and race

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