Theory vs. practice: How is liberalism criticized?

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  • Liberalism as a political ideology has many detractors. Criticisms typically fall into two categories: objections to liberal theory and ideas, and objections to the practice.
  • Political theorist Chandran Kukathas argues that many who criticize liberalism actually “depend on certain liberal understandings simply for the freedom to practice their own particular distinctive ways of living and for the freedom to advance their particular views about how we should all live.”
  • How contradictory the ideas of liberalism seem to a person’s own ideology can depend on religion and culture, and the responses to criticisms must change as that divide grows.

The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom (Oxford Political Theory)
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