• Suicide of the West

  • How the Rebirth of Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-24-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (181 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Combining intellectual history, social science, economics, and pop culture, best-selling author of Liberal Fascism, National Review senior editor, and syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America - and other democracies - must actively defend liberty against forces pulling us back to the tribal and nationalistic ideologies of the past.
The West is dying from ingratitude. Democracy and liberty were accidents of history. If capitalism were natural, it would have popped up long before the 1700s, when humanity stumbled into a miraculous explosion in human prosperity. This miracle was not delivered by God or created by machines. It came from new ideas and values. But what is created by ideas and values can be destroyed them.
In this age of resentment, we reject the gift of liberty and instead listen to the lesser angels of our nature. We find comfort in authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism and aristocracy, all of which brutalized humanity for millennia.
Goldberg exposes the West's suicidal tendencies on the left but also on the right - at a moment when many conservatives are surrendering to tribalism and nationalism. Suicide of the West asserts that for the West to survive, a renewed commitment to classically liberal principles is required. Suicide is painless; liberty takes work.
©2018 Jonah Goldberg (P)2018 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-25-18

Put some gratitude in your attitude

As is the case with his other books, Goldberg lays out his case in exacting, well researched detail, namely, that western liberal democracy and capitalism are flukes in the natural order and must be actively maintained and fought for, lest the weeds of human nature retake and reclaim. The west will not be slain by an external enemy, but without constant struggle, it will succumb to suicide.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel J. Dewit on 04-27-18

How did I get here? What are these scars on my wrists?

Masterfully diagnoses the crossroads to which the best civilization that humanity has ever known has come to. Western Civilization, Goldberg argues, is not about oppressing minorities — or any of the other slanders that the modern Left has hurled at it — it is the singular accomplishment of the human race. It, more than anything has led to “happy, prosperous, meaningful lives.” And now we face the choice: return to a “natural” state of foraging and fighting, or adopt GRATITUDE for what our forefathers (and mothers) bequeathed us and build upon it, as they did.

Goldberg has done a fantastic job of presenting where we are, how we got here, and where we could go from here (both prudently and otherwise). If I could induce people, especially millennials, to want to read any book from cover to cover, this would be it.

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