What We Are Reading Today: The Lost History of Liberalism

Updated 09 September 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Lost History of Liberalism

AUTHOR: Helena Rosenblatt

 

The Lost History of Liberalism challenges our most basic assumptions about a political creed that has become a rallying cry — and a term of derision — in today’s increasingly divided public square.

Taking readers from ancient Rome to today, Helena Rosenblatt traces the evolution of the words “liberal” and “liberalism,” revealing the heated debates that have taken place over their meaning.

Rosenblatt debunks the popular myth of liberalism as a uniquely Anglo-American tradition centered on individual rights, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

She shows that it was the French Revolution that gave birth to liberalism and Germans who transformed it. Only in the mid-20th century did the concept become widely known in the US—and then, as now, its meaning was hotly debated. 

Liberals were originally moralists at heart. They believed in the power of religion to reform society, emphasized the sanctity of the family, and never spoke of rights without speaking of duties. 


Bollywood star’s statue symbolizes changing mores

A string of movies, a documentary and a Netflix biopic have garnered Leone huge audiences. (AP)
Updated 19 September 2018
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Bollywood star’s statue symbolizes changing mores

  • The statue represents the Canadian-born, Indian-American actress and entrepreneur’s acceptance by mainstream Indian society even as conservative Indian politicians condemn her past as an adult film star

NEW DELHI: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone appeared in New Delhi on Tuesday for the unveiling of her wax likeness at the city’s Madame Tussauds museum, a symbol of changing cultural mores in a country where celebrity kisses in public constitute front-page news.

The statue represents the Canadian-born, Indian-American actress and entrepreneur’s acceptance by mainstream Indian society even as conservative Indian politicians condemn her past as an adult film star.

Born Karenjit Kaur Vohra to a Sikh Punjabi family, Leone, 37, broke into Bollywood in 2012, starring in the sequel to the hit movie “Jism,” Hindi for “body.”

A string of movies, a documentary and a Netflix biopic have garnered her huge audiences — even as critics have panned her acting abilities.