On Liberalism’s Limits

Reinhold Niebuhr “knew that traditional liberalism was a useless force in moments of extremity. Liberalism, Niebuhr said, ‘lacks the spirit of enthusiasm, not to say fanaticism, which is so necessary to move the world out of its beaten tracks. It is too intellectual and too little emotional to be an efficient force in history.'”

From Chris Hedges’ recent Truthdig column, “A Time for Sublime Madness.”