University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Edward Luce

Niamh King

Barbara Stokely

As an Oxford student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, the fall of the Berlin wall was a pivotal moment for Ed Luce. It seemed a new era for western liberalism...and he was at the helm of history. His newest book, "The Retreat of Western Liberalism" is his insightful and harrowing new book that issues a chilling warning: “Western liberal democracy is not yet dead,” he writes, “but it is far closer to collapse than we may wish to believe. We have conjured up the enemy from within. At home and abroad, America’s best liberal traditions are under assault from its own president. We have put arsonists in charge of the fire brigade.”

Luce lucidly expounds on the erosion of the West's middle classes, the dysfunction among its political and economic elites and the consequences for America and the world.

The strongest glue holding liberal democracies together, Luce argues, is economic growth. When that growth stalls or falls, things tend to take a dark turn. With growing competition for jobs and resources, losers (those he calls the “left-behinds”) seek scapegoats for their woes, and consensus becomes harder to reach as politics devolves into more and more of a zero-sum game.

Edward Luce is an English journalist and the Financial Times chief US commentator and columnist. Before that, he was the Financial Times' Washington bureau chief and South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi. Luce is the son of politician Richard Luce.

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Scheduled events:
Political Intrigue or Chaos
Joe Conason, Edward Luce and Charles Sykes come together to ask the important questions about today's political atmosphere "Where is Democracy headed?" and "Have liberals and conservatives lost their way?" Former Congressman Ron Barber will moderate the panel. Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Conason, Edward Luce, Charlie Sykes
Moderator: Ron Barber
Future of Western Liberalism
Join David Callahan, Edward Luce and John Nichols as they speak about western liberalism.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: David Callahan, Edward Luce, John Nichols
Moderator: Joe Conason

The Retreat of Western Liberalism
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Grove Atlantic
June 2017
ISBN 9781408710418
240 pages

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