Suicide of the West Suicide of the West

Suicide of the West

How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An urgent argument that America and other democracies are in peril because they have lost the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity.
 
“Epic and debate-shifting.”—David Brooks, New York Times
 
Only once in the last 250,000 years have humans stumbled upon a way to lift ourselves out of the endless cycle of poverty, hunger, and war that defines most of history. If democracy, individualism, and the free market were humankind’s destiny, they should have appeared and taken hold a bit earlier in the evolutionary record. The emergence of freedom and prosperity was nothing short of a miracle.
 
As Americans we are doubly blessed, because the radical ideas that made the miracle possible were written not just into the Constitution but in our hearts, laying the groundwork for our uniquely prosperous society. Those ideas are:
 
• Our rights come from God, not from the government. 

• The government belongs to us; we do not belong to it. 

• The individual is sovereign. We are all captains of our own souls, not bound by the circumstances of our birth. 

• The fruits of our labors belong to us.

 
In the last few decades, these political virtues have been turned into vices. As we are increasingly taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation, and privilege, the principles of liberty and the rule of law are under attack from left and right. For the West to survive, we must renew our sense of gratitude for what our civilization has given us and rediscover the ideals and habits of the heart that led us out of the bloody muck of the past—or back to the muck we will go.

GENRE
Politics & Current Events
RELEASED
2018
April 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
464
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8
MB

Customer Reviews

thelowjrnl ,

Brilliant

Jonah Goldberg once again has his finger on the pulse of what ails our society.

Romuleus 57 ,

I’m Glad to be a part of the American Tribe

Bought both the hard copy (for days when I give my technology a rest) and the audiobook for the daily commute. Must reading for those perplexed with our current political and social state of affairs.

Liquidpoo ,

Terribly boring

I’m an insomniac and it puts me to sleep. Thanks for getting me off of seroquel, Jonah.

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