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.