The Retreat of Western Liberalism

The Retreat of Western Liberalism

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In his widely acclaimed book Time to Start Thinking, Financial Times chief US columnist and commentator Edward Luce charted the course of America's relative decline, proving to be a prescient voice on our current social and political turmoil. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracy-of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a terrifying symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's economic losers, and complacency about our system's durability-attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. The West's faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different. Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent synthesis of the literature and economic analysis, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration, the rise of European populism, and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them from the multiple onslaughts they face in the coming years.
Publisher: [United States]: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. , 2017
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9780802188861
0802188869

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elliskirsch
Aug 18, 2017

There are fewer democracies in the world today than some years ago. Why? What societal forces are possibly leading western democratic liberalism in the wrong direction and threatening its very existence? He is as critical of the liberal elite as other segments of society as ignoring reality and the justifiable fears of the working class. These are some of the issues this brief but brilliant book seeks to address. The most important work I have read in recent years. BTW, contrary to another comment, the author does not predict war with China. He states, "The US-China war scenario I sketch out is not a prediction...(but) a plausible extrapolation of ...Trump...foreign policy." Pg 145.

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StarGladiator
May 18, 2017

This author's work is kind of goofy, not much Real information conveyed. The author was // . . . a speech writer for the treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, \\ which was the administration which gave EVERYTHING TO THE BANKSTERS: the REIT Modernization Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, and a whole bunch of other stuff [and that SEC change in 1993 to no longer require Wall Street investment firms listing the majority investors] so this somewhat renders the author's points, as it were, rather tenuous. The Financial Times isn't exactly real journalism, IMHO. [As far as his prediction of war with China, one must harken back to the Chinese penetration of the FBI; the Chinese military hackers hacking into the Pentagon and defense industry contractors and steall ALL the plans to the major American weapons systems, and next hacking into the OPM and stealing the personnel records of over 25 million employees {not to mention draining some of their bank accounts} AFTER Corporate America had offshored countless jobs and technology to China! Again, the author doesn't serve to enlighten or inform the reader, so much as obfuscate the issues!

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