William A. Galston

William A. Galston is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.


Scold War

There is another side to It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, however–a serious argument that deserves respectful consideration. Santorum contends that the idea of individual autonomy, which he takes to be the core of contemporary liberalism, constitutes a conception of “no-fault freedom” that undermines an older ideal of ordered liberty on which… Read more »

Scold War

There is another side to It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, howevera serious argument that deserves respectful consideration. Santorum contends that the idea of individual autonomy, which he takes to be the core of contemporary liberalism, constitutes a conception of no-fault freedom that undermines an older ideal of ordered liberty on which… Read more »

How Should Liberals Think About Liberty?

In his insightful and important essay “Taking Liberty” (Washington Monthly, April 2005), William Galston, one of contemporary America’s leading social and political thinkers, is right to insist that liberty should be at the heart of American progressive politics. And he is right to caution against “a temptation by many, especially on the left,” to redefine… Read more »

Taking Liberty

In declaring, “It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture,” President Bush picked up a rhetorical battle standard of freedom first carried by Woodrow Wilson and later lofted by Cold War liberals and Ronald Reagan. But he went his… Read more »