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.

Title : The Retreat of Western Liberalism
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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...

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...

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...

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...

Linda Branham rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2017

A very disturbing look at what is happening today. He puts the pieces together about how we got to "where we are today". I can;t say I like where we are, but it helps me to understand where we are and why. I also understand why the future prospects of "where we are going" are not very optimistic....

Andrej rated it ★★★★☆

July 30, 2017

This book offers a pessimistic view on the future of liberal democracy, and interprets its recent spread not as an unstoppable or monotonic trend of history, but as a fragile system, open to an attack from both within (e.g., election of Donald Trump), and outside (e.g., Russia, China). The West i...

Ann rated it ★★★★★

July 22, 2017

This is a brilliant and thoughtfully presented commentary on what we have generally taken for granted - history's inexorable march toward "progress" and the strength (and presumed eventual global expansion) of liberal democracy. Luce shows how we now stand on very shaky ground, with liberal democ...

Sandra rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2017

'Take back control' was the chant of Brexiteers and Trump voters alike. It is the war cry of populist backlashes across the Western world. There are two ways of deciphering that impulse. One is to dismiss it as the last reaction of the bigots, who wish to turn the clock back on two generations of...

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