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The Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

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ClassGraphic Throughout the West, liberal democracy has become imperiled from within. Anger and frustration with traditional democracies has given rise to a wave of national populism at whose crest is a new breed of authoritarian strongman who uses the ballot box to empower "illiberal democracy." In Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism (Doubleday, 2020), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum focuses on the enablers of this new wave of authoritarians, the people who polish their images, construct their messages, and provide their intellectual support. In this study group, we will discuss the part personal memoir, part intellectual history, Twilight of Democracy. This book seeks to explain how many intellectuals and influencers in Europe and the U.S. who, at the beginning of the century, shared a common Western outlook, became alienated, resentful, and divisive outliers of the Right and the Left. These individuals became the followers and assistants of politicians on the Left and Right to whom democracy took a back seat to the implementation of nativist, xenophobic, and divisive agendas. Along the way, Applebaum provides personal insights of her relationship with an impressive gallery of scholars and politicians. Join us for a strange and troubling voyage through the first twenty years of 21st century political and intellectual thought and a deeply insightful read.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Neal Goodfriend2.James Smith 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/11/2022 - 8/1/2022 Weekly - Mon 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map James Smith  ; Neal Goodfriend 
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