Bryan Garsten

Bryan Garsten is professor of political science and humanities at Yale University. He is author of Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (2006) and editor of Rousseau, the Age of Enlightenment, and Their Legacies (2012).

April 2024, Volume 35, Issue 2

The Liberalism of Refuge

Liberal societies are those which offer refuge from the very people they empower—through individual choice, mobility, and the possibility of exit. This is the form of liberty that most clearly elevates the liberal project.

April 2024, Volume 35, Issue 2

A Reply to My Critics

A liberal society must reckon the demands of the common good, while offering what we most crave—something worth sacrificing for.