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Fight for Liberty : Defending Democracy in the Age of Trump - Mark Lasswell

Fight for Liberty

Defending Democracy in the Age of Trump

By: Mark Lasswell, Jon Meacham (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 27th December 2018
ISBN: 9781541724167
Number Of Pages: 304

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Liberal democracy is in crisis around the world, besieged by authoritarianism, nationalism, and other illiberal forces. Far-right parties are gaining traction in Europe, Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on Russia and undermines democracy abroad, and America struggles with poisonous threats from the right and left.

But the defenders of democracy are strong too. Taking their cues from the 1788 Federalist Papers, the Renew Democracy Initiative is a collective of pro-democracy advocates from across the political spectrum, including Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Max Boot, Bret Stephens, Ted Koppel, and Natan Sharansky.

This book is their foundational document, a collection of essays that analyze the multi-pronged threats to liberal democracy in the U.S. and abroad, and offer solutions based on fundamental democratic principles such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law.

Fight for Liberty is a roadmap for the struggle against the rising tide of extremism and a cri de coeur in defense of the liberal world order, which sees itself threatened as never before today.

About the Author

The Renew Democracy Initiative
is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense of democratic freedom and prosperity. Championing the values on which the free world was built, RDI seeks to unite the center-left and center-right by making the case for liberty, democracy and sanity in an age of discord. RDI aims to generate fresh thinking by convening the best minds from different countries in the service of liberty and democracy in the West and around the world.

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"Fight for Liberty should be required reading for every college student-indeed, for every American and, regardless of their nationality, every person capable of reading and understanding the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To comprehend the threats confronting our world and consider what to do about them, reading and re-reading this book's essays will be worthwhile."--Walter Clemens, New York Journal of Books
"The strongest point of this useful collection is the depth and breadth of its opposition to our current illiberal atmosphere...A valuable addition to the literature of democratic resistance."--Kirkus Reviews
"The voices are familiar but fresh. And the topics they explore are handled with a deftness and texture richer than one might expect from a cohesive battle cry....There is a subtle (or not so subtle) prophecy that underlies these essays - the prophecy that such a turn of events is not only possible but probable if liberty is not defended now. Is this truly the fate of things to come? If we don't stand up and 'fight for liberty, ' the text suggests, our greatest fears may be realized. The good news is these authors, and many of their devotees, will not go quietly into that good night."--Martha's Vineyard Times

Preface: Renew Democracy Initiative
Introduction: Jon Meacham

Part One: First Principles
The Need for Truth: Roger Scruton
Values Without Borders: Elizabeth Cobbs
At the Heart of Freedom: Economic Liberty: Deirdre McCloskey
Civics and Civility: Michael Signer
In Praise of Globalization: Jagdish Bhagwati
The Centrality of Dissent: Natan Sharansky with Rachel Friedman

Part Two: Threats
Freedom Falters as the Anti-Democratic Contagion Spreads: Garry Kasparov
Putin and His Orchestrated-Chaos Machine: Anne Applebaum
The Digital Assault on Democracy: Massimo Calabresi
China and the Rise of a Statist Great Power: Minxin Pei
The Islamist Extremism Challenge: Joseph Lieberman and Vance Serchuk
Failed States, Metastasizing: Robert D. Kaplan
Apocalypse in a Nuclear Warhead: William J. Perry
The Anti-Press Crusade Goes Global: Mark Lasswell
Political Tribalism: John Avlon
The Weakness in Democracy's Strength: Complacency: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Illiberals of the World, Unite!: James Kirchick

Part Three: Solutions
What the World Needs Now: U.S. Leadership: Max Boot
In Defense of Free Trade: Richard Hurowitz
Immigration for the 21st Century: Linda Chavez
The Courts as Bulwarks Against Tyranny: Michael C. Dorf
Robust Speech, Robust Democracy: Nancy Gertner
Reform for Islam: Maajid Nawaz
The Free Market Remains Essential: Tyler Cowen
Facts and the Free Press: Ted Koppel
World Order and the American Constitutional Order: Philip Bobbitt
Revitalizing the Freedom of Religion: Jonathan Sacks
International Linchpins of Stability: José María Aznar
The University's Covenant with Liberal Democracy: Ronald Daniels
All the Difference in the World: The Qualities of Leadership: Richard North Patterson
Interests vs. Values: Bret Stephens

Renew Democracy Manifesto

ISBN: 9781541724167
ISBN-10: 154172416X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th December 2018
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1

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