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spooky eonic effects and democracy downfall…//Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ by Edward Luce, … · LRB 21 September 2017

September 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Although transepochal comparisons can be dangerous, the sudden chaotification of democracy two centuries from the divide (ca. 1800)

eerily parallels the brief career of Greek (athenian democracy)…This is not the same as decline (in antiquity, the decline of the roman empire so useful as spenglerian theme came much much later). There is nothing inevitable about this and the possibility of recreating a new and truer democracy, perhaps under communist axioms of equality, now confronts a system accelerating toward fascist burnout under the barbarian idiot trump…

Source: Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ by Edward Luce, ‘The Fate of the West’ by Bill Emmott, ‘The Road to Somewhere’ by David Goodhart, ‘The Once and Future Liberal’ by Mark Lilla and ‘The Strange Death of Europe’ by Douglas Murray · LRB 21 September 2017

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