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The retreat of western liberalism

07/24/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks

Link: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/books/review-retreat-of-western-liberalism-edward-luce.html

The strongest glue holding liberal democracies together, Luce argues, is economic growth, and when that growth stalls or falls, things tend to take a dark turn. With growing competition for jobs and resources, losers (those he calls the “left-behinds”) seek scapegoats for their woes, and consensus becomes harder to reach as politics devolves into more and more of a zero-sum game.

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