Daniel Bell, The End of Ideology: On the Exhaustion of Political Ideas in the Fifties (The Free Press, 1960; Harvard University Press, 2000)
First published in 1960, just as America hovered on the brink of astounding social changes, this essay collection could hardly be expected to remain pertinent. But Bell's take on American political thought was prescient, and his essays on labor, socialism, and Marxism continue to edify. The book remains a seminal text in the development of what has been called ˇ®endism': the notion that history and ideology have come to an end thanks to the twin triumphs of Western democratic politics and the capitalism.
Left-wing critics at the time attacked The End of Ideology for ignoring Third World realities. These critics maintained that endism was itself an ideology that was fundamentally beholden to Western political liberalism, and thus primarily concerned with maintaining the status quo and discouraging the view that any opposition was possible.
Chapter 13 of the book
American Politics and the End of Ideology, by Stephen W. Rousseas and James Farganis, with reference to the work of Daniel Bell and Seymour Martin Lipset.
Reflections on the End of Ideology by Dennis H. Wrong
Keeping Up With Ourselves by IRVING KRISTOL