© 2008

Politics without Reason

The Perfect World and the Liberal Ideal

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David P. Levine
      Pages 3-12
    3. David P. Levine
      Pages 13-36
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. David P. Levine
      Pages 39-56
    3. David P. Levine
      Pages 57-78
    4. David P. Levine
      Pages 79-96
    5. David P. Levine
      Pages 97-111
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. David P. Levine
      Pages 115-132
    3. David P. Levine
      Pages 133-149
    4. David P. Levine
      Pages 151-168
    5. David P. Levine
      Pages 169-186
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. David P. Levine
      Pages 189-192
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-207

About this book


Politics without Reason explores the roots of contemporary hostility toward liberalism. The thesis of the book is that ambivalence about the self and about desire as an expression of the self fosters the intense animosity we observe directed toward the liberal ideal.


cognition corruption family morality politics Self

About the authors

DAVID P. LEVINE is Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, USA. He has published several dozen articles and thirteen books in economics, political economy, and political psychology most recently, Poverty, Work and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order (with S. Rizvi)  and Attack on Government: Fear, Distrust and Hatred in Public life and Welfare, Right and the State. 

Bibliographic information


"This current experience of uncertainty has led to splitting and polarization at the national political level.Thisresults in both the Republican and Democratic parties being used as the 'other'. Each party becomesthe sole bad object for the other.In exploring and seeking to understand something of the irrationality behind such splitting this timely, reflective volume provides us with a valuable explanation of current political dynamics in America." - Lionel F Stapley, author of Globalisation and Terrorism: Death of a Way of Life