Western Civilisation

Suicide of the West versus National Awakening

The Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg Crown, 2018, 464 pages, $56 The Virtue of Nationalism by Yoram Hazony Basic Books, 2018, 304 pages, $43 ________________________________________________ Since the millennium, the liberal mood music in the West has changed from Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, after victory over all ideological competitors, to Ravel’s Pavane pour une Enfant Defunte, at the failure to impose the West’s universal vision on a recalcitrant globe. Brexit and the election of Donald Trump suggested that the rough beast of populism slouched towards…

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