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Edward Luce: The Retreat of Western Liberalism

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: January 23, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00

Presentation of Edward Luce’s book The Retreat of Western Liberalism with international affairs specialist Michael Romancov from the Political Studies Institute at Charles University’s Faculty of Social Science.

The West’s hegemony has gradually weakened, while at the same time other centres of culture and civilisation have become markedly stronger. To what degree has the economic and geopolitical decline of Western civilisation been linked to the development of individual freedom and the equal participation of citizens in political power? For a long time there was a prevailing, but unsubstantiated, belief that the West’s success was primarily due to values that the majority of its citizens understood and shared. And that nothing could threaten the triumphant march of democracy and freedom. In his text, Edward Luce, chief commentator of the Washington office of The Financial Times, argues that reality has shown us something else entirely.

A Czech translation of The Retreat of Western Liberalism has been freshly issued by the Argo publishing house as the first title in its new Crossover series. Argo editor Oldřich Vágner will introduce the book and chair the following debate. 


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