Social Theory and Practice 40 (3):433-460 (2014)

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Robert S. Taylor
University of California, Davis
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Is “liberal socialism” an oxymoron? Not quite, but I will demonstrate here that it is a much more unstable and uncommon hybrid than scholars had previously thought and that almost all liberals should reject socialism, even in its most attractive form. More specifically, I will show that three leading varieties of liberalism—neutralist, plural-perfectionist, and deliberative-democratic—are incompatible with even a moderate form of socialism, viz., associational market socialism. My paper will also cast grave doubt on Rawls’s belief that justice as fairness is consistent with liberal socialism.
Keywords liberalism  socialism  syndicalism  Rawls  neutrality  perfectionism  deliberative democracy
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DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract201440327
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