Chapter 3: The Hegemony of Liberalism
The Hegemony of Liberalism
This chapter proceeds from the assumption that liberalism is at present the dominant ideology, at least for large parts of the world, and that it sets the terms of ideological debate and political issues. Such a statement has to be justified, and if such a justification is successful, the consequences of this ideological domination of liberalism must be explained. This is what this chapter seeks to do, to present an analysis of the contemporary domination of liberalism and its implications. One preliminary but important statement needs highlighting at this point. Ideological dominance does not mean that liberalism in its contemporary form is free from any challenges. Indeed the argument to be developed here concentrates on the problems ...