Author Archives: Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

About Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is assistant professor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He has co-edited (with Sarah Shortall) Christianity and Human Rights Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and (with Stephen Sawyer) Foucault, Neoliberalism and Beyond (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). His scholarly work has appeared in Modern Intellectual History, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and elsewhere. He runs an interview series for The Nation. He has a book forthcoming from Columbia University Press, titled Impossible Peace, Improbable War: Raymond Aron and Global Order.

Raymond Aron, Friedrich Hayek, and “The Third World”: An Alternative History of the End of Ideology Debate

Abstract: This article explores the differences and similarities between neoliberalism and Cold War liberalism by looking at the decade’s long relationship between two of its chief representatives: Friedrich Hayek and Raymond Aron. It argues that the key to understanding their differences concern’s Aron’s notion of an “end of ideology”: the perspective that the post-War welfare state had made obsolete the need for something like a revolutionary workers party. Hayek, contra Aron, believed that such welfare states were inherently ideological and thus potentially totalitarian. What kept Continue reading → Continue reading →