Suicide of the west : how the rebirth of tribalism, populism, nationalism, and identity politics is destroying American democracy / Jonah Goldberg.
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- ISBN: 9781101904930
- ISBN: 1101904933
- Physical Description: 453 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, 
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-435) and index.
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Introduction : stumbling upon a miracle -- Human nature : our inner tribesman -- Corrupting the miracle : when human nature strikes back -- The state : a myth agreed upon -- The birth of capitalism : a glorious accident -- The eternal battle : reason versus the search for meaning -- The American miracle : they put it in writing -- The elites : aristocrats unchained -- The progressive era : the birth of the living constitution and the death of liberty -- The administrative state : the shadow government -- Tribalism today : nationalism, populism, and identity politics -- Pop culture politics : Godzilla, rock & roll, and the romantic spirit -- The family's losing war against barbarism -- The Trumpian era : the perils of populism -- Things fall apart : the American experiment at risk -- Conclusion : decline is a choice.
"Running water. Electricity. Antibiotics. Dentistry. Air conditioning. Democracy. The rule of law. Such things are not only remarkably new inventions in human history, they are all alien to humanity's natural habitat. Here is what is natural: poverty, hunger, violence, tribal hatred, and an early death. If the Garden of Eden existed, it was a slum. Only once in the last 250,000 years did humans lift themselves out of their natural environment of poverty. It happened in eighteenth-century England, and it was an accident. 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. Indeed, it was the miracle of human history. 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 ... 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. At a moment when authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism, and cults of personality are rotting our democracy from within, Jonah Goldberg exposes the West's suicidal tendencies on both sides of the ideological aisle. 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."--Jacket.
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