His conclusion, "an exceptional Challenge" looks at America's dwindling options in a world where the pace is increasingly being set elsewhere. Drawing on his decades of exceptional journalism and his connections within Washington and around the world, Luce advances a carefully constructed and controversial argument, backed up by interviews with many of the key players in politics and business, that America is losing its pragmatism - and that the consequences of this may soon leave the country high and dry.
Luce turns his attention to a number of different key issues that are set to affect America's position in the world order: the changing structure of the US economy, the continued polarization of American politics; the debilitating effect of the "permanent election campaign"; the challenges involved in the overhaul of the country's public education system; and the health-or sickliness-of American innovation in technology and business.
It is time to start thinking. Sir ernest rutherford, winner of the Nobel Prize in Nuclear PhysicsTime to Start Thinking is a book destined to spark debate among liberals and conservatives alike. Gentlemen, we have run out of money.
The Retreat of Western Liberalism
Insightful and harrowing. 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.
Lucidly expounds on the erosion of the West's middle classes, the dysfunction among its political and economic elites and the consequences for America and the world. Michiko kakutani, new york timesin his widely acclaimed book time to Start Thinking, Financial Times chief US columnist and commentator Edward Luce charted the course of America's relative decline, proving to be a prescient voice on our current social and political turmoil.
Unless the west can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. In the retreat of western liberalism, 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 terrifying symptom.
We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. 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 economic losers, and complacency about our system's durability—attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It
Those at the top of the income ladder are becoming more effective at passing on their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility. This fascinating book shows how american society has become the very class-defined society that earlier Americans rebelled againstand what can be done to restore a more equitable society.
But the most important, consequential, and widening gap in American society is between the upper middle class and everyone else. Reeves defines the upper middle class as those whose incomes are in the top 20 percent of American society. Income is not the only way to measure a society, health care, housing, but in a market economy it is crucial because access to money generally determines who gets the best quality education, and other necessary goods and services.
As reeves shows, attitudes, neighborhoods, the growing separation between the upper middle class and everyone else can be seen in family structure, and lifestyle. Upper-middle-class opportunity hoarding, Reeves argues, results in a less competitive economy as well as a less open society. Inequality is inevitable and can even be good, within limits.
But reeves argues that society can take effective action to reduce opportunity hoarding and thus promote broader opportunity. Upper-middle-class children become upper-middle-class adults. These trends matter because the separation and perpetuation of the upper middle class corrode prospects for more progressive approaches to policy.
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics
Identity-focused individualism has insidiously conspired with amoral economic individualism to shape an electorate with little sense of a shared future and near-contempt for the idea of the common good. Now is the time to re-build a sense of common feeling and purpose, and a sense of duty to one another.
A fiercely argued, important book, enlivened by acerbic wit and erudition, The Once and Future Liberal is essential reading for our times. From one of the most internationally admired political thinkers, a controversial polemic on the failures of identity politics and what comes next for the left — in America and beyond.
Following the shocking results of the us election of 2016, panic, but few were met with such vitriol, public intellectuals across the globe offered theories and explanations, and debate as Mark Lilla’s. The once and future liberal is a passionate plea to liberals to turn from the divisive politics of identity and develop a vision of the future that can persuade all citizens that they share a common destiny.
Driven by a sincere desire to protect society’s most vulnerable, the left has unwittingly balkanized the electorate, encouraged self-absorption rather than solidarity, and invested its energies in social movements rather than party politics.
Why Liberalism Failed Politics and Culture
Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded? Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains. As patrick deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, comprehensive state system in human history.
Here, deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution.
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
Over the past five hundred years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times; war broke out in twelve. Short-listed for the 2018 lionel gelber prize a new york times notable book of the year named a best book of the year by: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES LONDON * AMAZON “Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around.
Joe biden, former vice president of the United States China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants. Today, as an unstoppable china approaches an immovable America, and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries “great again, ” the seventeenth case looks grim.
A must-read book in both Washington and Beijing. Niall ferguson, boston globe “allison is a first-class academic with the instincts of a first-rate politician. Bloomberg news “full of wide-ranging, erudite case studies that span human history. A trade conflict, korean crisis, cyberattack, or accident at sea could easily spark a major war.
In destined for war, eminent harvard scholar graham Allison masterfully blends history and current events to explain the timeless machinery of Thucydides’s Trap—and to explore the painful steps that might prevent disaster today. A fine book. New york times book review.
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
If you want to understand donald trump and the culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book. Named one of the best books of the year by the san francisco chronicle“this is a blockbuster of a book.
From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies—every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. America was founded by wishful dreamers, and true believers, magical thinkers, by hucksters and their suckers. T. Nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year.
Lawrence o’donnell how did we get here? in this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character.
. Over the course of five centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. New york times bestseller • “the single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.
One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported
The reaction to the crisis created by Trump’s presidency can provide the foundation for an era of democratic renewal and vindicate our long experiment in self-rule. The award-winning authors of one Nation After Trump explain Trump’s rise and the danger his administration poses to our free institutions.
One nation after trump is the essential book for our era, an unsparing assessment of the perils facing the United States and an inspiring roadmap for how we can reclaim the future. We have never had a president who raises profound questions about his basic competence and his psychological capacity to take on the most challenging political office in the world.
Yet if trump is both a threat to our democracy and a product of its weaknesses, the citizen activism he has inspired is the antidote. They also offer encouragement to the millions of americans now experiencing a new sense of citizenship and engagement and argue that our nation needs a unifying alternative to Trump’s dark and divisive brand of politics—an alternative rooted in a New Economy, a New Patriotism, a New Civil Society, and a New Democracy.
The instant new york times and washington post bestsellera call to action from three of washington's premier political scholar-journalists, One Nation After Trump offers the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it. American democracy was never supposed to give the nation a president like Donald Trump.
. We have never had a president who gave rise to such widespread alarm about his lack of commitment to the institutions of self-government, to the norms democracy requires, and to the need for basic knowledge about how government works.
Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising
Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump’s penthouse on election night. Devil’s bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton.
Any study of trump’s rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Trump’s campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.
To understand trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton’s fall, you have to weave Trump’s story together with Bannon’s, or else it doesn't make sense. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn’t see. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who’d never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Yet bannon’s hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump’s unlikely victory. The instant #1 New York Times bestseller. From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump—the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.
How Democracies Die
Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, to the American South during Jim Crow, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, and Venezuela, Turkey, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism.
New york times bestseller“comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely. New york times Book Review“Cool and persuasive. How democracies Die comes at exactly the right moment. The washington postdonald trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes.
The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, such as the judiciary and the press, steady weakening of critical institutions, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms.
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
During his own White House tenure as George W. The crisis is upon Americans, here and now. Quietly, steadily, trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably. In trumpocracy, he documents how Trump and his administration are steadily damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy.
Until the us presidential election of 2016, the global decline of democracy seemed a concern for other peoples in other lands. Trumpocracy outlines how trump could push America toward illiberalism, what the consequences could be for our nation and our everyday lives, and what we can do to prevent it. A new york times bestseller!bestselling author, former white house speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America’s future.
From russia to south africa, from Turkey to the Philippines, from Venezuela to Hungary, authoritarian leaders have smashed restraints on their power. Whether the trump presidency lasts two, four, or eight more years, he has changed the nature of the office for the worse, and likely for decades. In this powerful and eye-opening book, Frum makes clear that the hard work of recovery starts at home.