The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

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Read The Retreat of Western Liberalism Online Free - 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.

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ISBN : 0802127398
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 226 pages


Bettie☯ rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

Description: 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 bgy ignorance of...

Brad rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2017

Edward Luce’s THE RETREAT OF WESTERN LIBERALISM was written in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s surprising loss in November 2016. But the preface to this fascinating little book begins with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. That was a heady time. Many believed that western-style commercial d...

Athan rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

Edward Luce is a tremendous journalist. Not only does he work very hard, not only has he earned access to some of the sharpest minds in business and politics, he also commands the mightiest pen at the Financial Times, bar none. And that’s why I bought his previous book, “Time to Start Thinking.” I...

Austin rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 02, 2017

Sadly I was expecting a lot more from this book. Edward Luce proves himself far better at looking behind than looking forward, which means the first part is excellent but the subsequent three are a disaster. He suffers from the typical liberal blind spots which result in a complete misreading of...

Bruce rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2017

Insightful, clear-headed, very readable and -- to my mind -- right in all the particulars. A slim volume with a very large and critically important message. The trend we've seen in technology (AI, automation, social media), politics (growing polarization), economics, etc., are coming together int...

Briynne rated it ★★★★★

November 27, 2017

I’d give this book ten stars if I could. This is a brilliant, lucid analysis of the building crisis in Western democracy that I think we’re all starting to feel in one way or another. Mercifully, it’s written by a Brit; it’s impossible to read an American’s opinions about American politics withou...

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2017

Luce is at his best when examining the tension in democracy between the 'tyranny of the majority' and a 'natural aristocracy of the talents': 'The story of liberal democracy is thus a continual tension between the neat democratic folk theory and the more complex liberal idea. Nowadays they have t...

Radiantflux rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2017

32nd book for 2017. In this short book, Luce, who once played truant at Oxford so he could party in Berlin at the fall of the Wall, gives a insightful and depressing account of how Western liberal democracies are an endangered species that may not survive the coming decades. There are no simple an...

Dan rated it ★★★★☆

September 14, 2017

This is a very smart, lucid, and independent-minded look at the issues plaguing what we consider to be "liberal democracy," today and some of the skewed points of view that its beneficiaries have about its upkeep and promotion. It seems almost funny now that after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Fra...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2017

A good review of how we got to where we are. A nice expose of philosophy, political science, and history in regard to liberal democracy and perhaps its successor, illiberal democracy. Luce lays it all out in a sobering and organized manner. He is sounding the alarm. One chapter even has a scenari...

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