The Retreat of Western Liberalism – A Fireside Chat with Edward Luce
A discussion with:
Washington Columnist and Commentator
Introduced and Moderated by:
Director, Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Edward 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 deeply alarming symptom. Lure argues that the erosion of middle-class incomes has eaten away at liberal democratic consensus, resulting in today’s crisis. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed.
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.
A light reception and book signing will follow the discussion.
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