The Retreat of Western Liberalism
- Narrated by: Julian Elfer
- Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-02-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of democratic liberalism - of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a 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 losers, and complacency about our system's durability - attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall, treated by the West as an absolute triumph over the East.
We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Luce contrasts Western democratic and economic ideals, which rest on an assumption of linear progress, with more cyclical views of economic strength - symbolized by the 19th-century fall and present-day rise of the Chinese and Indian economies - and with the dawn of a new multipolar age.
Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent synthesis of the vast literature already available, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration 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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By Conor on 12-23-17
Essential Reading For Understanding The Current State Of The West
Luce has painted a portrait of the political landscape facing the West which is neither hopeful nor comforting, but which nevertheless must be recognised. He outlines the underlying forces of a rising China, a European Union wracked by African and Middle Eastern immigration and backlash populism, and an America-under-Trump in which few thought leaders have learnt the lessons which produced the 2016 election result. Ultimately, it is a concise and compelling essay on the current shaky ground the West stands upon, which Julian Elfer narrates beautifully.
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By MarkinIndia on 02-06-18
Well researched and incredibly thought-provoking.
This extremely sophisticated analysis answers a lot of questions although we don't yet know if Mr Luce is right. His theories are certainly plausible and he brilliantly puts today's trends and players in a coherent historical perspective.
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By Anonymous User on 02-26-18
A sharp, insightful book
Although I am not convinced that liberal democracy in its current form is worth saving, Luce's book is nonetheless a rigorous and insightful dissection of current global politics and macroeconomics.