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Blake Smith

Blake Smith, a Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago, is a historian of modern France.
Articles by Blake Smith

Liberalism for Losers: Carl Schmitt’s “The Tyranny of Values”

To those familiar with his most famous writings, it may seem that Carl Schmitt is an enemy of liberalism. In texts such as The Concept of the Political (1932) and Legality and Legitimacy (1932), Schmitt critiqued the Weimar Republic and the liberal tradition, the weaknesses of which Weimar seemed to embody. Liberalism, Schmitt argued, depends…

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