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Twilight of democracy : the seductive lure of authoritarianism  Cover Image Book Book

Twilight of democracy : the seductive lure of authoritarianism / Anne Applebaum.

Summary:

"A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist explains, with electrifying clarity, why some of her contemporaries have abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. Across the world today, from the U.S. to Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege while different forms of authoritarianism are on the rise. In Twilight of Democracy, prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum argues that we should not be surprised by this change: There is an inherent appeal to political systems with radically simple beliefs, especially when they benefit the loyal to the exclusion of everyone else. People are not just ideological, she contends in this captivating extended essay; they are also practical, pragmatic, opportunist. The authoritarian and nationalist parties that have arisen within modern democracies offer new paths to wealth or power for their adherents. Describing politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and others who have abandoned democratic ideals in the UK, U.S., Spain, Poland, and Hungary, Applebaum reveals the patterns that link the new advocates of illiberalism and charts how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, social media, and nostalgia to change their societies"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385545808
  • ISBN: 0385545800
  • ISBN: 9781984899507
  • ISBN: 1984899503
  • Physical Description: 206 pages ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-206).
Formatted Contents Note:
New Year's Eve -- How demagogues win -- The future of nostalgia -- Cascades of falsehood -- Prairie fire -- The unending of history.
Subject: Authoritarianism.
Democracy.
Nationalist parties.
One-party systems.
World politics > 21st century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy.
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century.
Authoritarianism.
Democracy.
Nationalist parties.
One-party systems.
World politics.
Authoritarianism.
Democracy.
Nationalist parties.
One-party systems.
World politics > 21st century.
Authority.
Democracy.
World politics > 21st century.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Swinomish Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Regional Library.

Holds

  • 1 current hold with 2 total copies.
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La Conner Regional Library 321.9 APPLEBAUM 113459 NON FICTION Available -


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