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Hope for the lost souls of liberalism

Barton Swaim, an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal, paid a visit to Furman University where he spoke with Benjamin Storey and Jenna Silber Storey, professors of politics and international affairs, about their book released this year.

In his review, Swaim wrote, “I have read many critiques of liberalism, but none so original as ‘Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment’.” He added, “Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say the book doesn’t so much criticize liberalism as explain why it’s neither the cause of our problems nor their solution.”

Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal. The article also appeared in the Sept. 18, 2021, print edition. Furman ID holders may access the content through Furman University Libraries.

Benjamin Storey and Jenna Silber Storey teach political philosophy at Furman University and direct Furman’s Tocqueville Program. Learn more about “Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment” (Princeton University Press, 2021) at


Last updated September 20, 2021
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