Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identification Politics is Destroying American Democracy
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Epic and debate-shifting.” —David Brooks, New York Occasions
“Greater than any guide revealed to date on this century, it deserves to be referred to as a conservative traditional.” —Yuval Levin, Nationwide Assessment
Together with his trademark mix of political historical past, social science, economics, and popular culture, two-time NYT bestselling writer, syndicated columnist, Nationwide Assessment senior editor, and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg makes the well timed case that America and different democracies are in peril as they lose the desire to defend the values and establishments that maintain freedom and prosperity. As a substitute we’re surrendering to populism, nationalism and different types of tribalism.
Solely as soon as within the final 250,000 years have people stumbled upon a approach to carry ourselves out of the countless cycle of poverty, starvation, and battle that defines most of historical past—in 18th century England after we unintentionally found the miracle of liberal democratic capitalism.
As Individuals we’re doubly blessed that these radical concepts had been written into the Structure, laying the groundwork for our uniquely affluent society:
· Our rights come from God not from the federal government.
· The federal government belongs to us; we don’t belong to the federal government.
· The person is sovereign. We’re all captains of our personal souls.
· The fruits of our labors belong to us.
In the previous few a long time, these political virtues have been become vices. As we’re more and more taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation and “white privilege,” the rules of liberty and the rule of regulation are below assault from left and proper.
At a second when authoritarianism, tribalism, id politics, nationalism, and cults of character are rotting our democracy from inside, Goldberg exposes the West’s suicidal tendencies on either side of the ideological aisle. For the West to outlive, we should renew our sense of gratitude for what our civilization has given us and rediscover the beliefs that led us out of the bloody muck of the previous – or again to the muck we are going to go.
Suicide is painless, liberty takes work.