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The Free Society in Crisis

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The Free Society in Crisis by David Selbourne
Feb 26, 2019 | 352 Pages
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“Democracy is hard to achieve and easy to lose. David Selbourne’s deeply thoughtful book on the powerful forces tearing our democracy apart is a cri de coeur on what must be done to restore civility.”
—John Maxwell Hamilton, Global Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

“Selbourne’s wonderfully written indictment of political decline is a must-read for all involved in public policy and a warning to us all against decades of fudge and self-indulgence by governments and elected representatives from all quarters of political life. The surrender of libertarians to flabby acceptance of rights without corresponding duties is described in all its failure. His stunning historical analysis and forensic philosophical critique will spread alarm, as it provides us fair notice of the dangers of paying too little attention to the downsides of globalization. His penetrating analysis of the decline of the nation-state is detailed and a profound prognostication.”

—Lord Alex Carlile, CBE QC, former UK independent reviewer of terrorism law

“Like a skilled doctor with devastating news, Selbourne delivers a grim diagnosis of the state of Western civilization in The Free Society in Crisis. Thought-provoking and alarmist, Selbourne’s examination reveals a disintegrating culture of self-harm, where freedom no longer implies responsibility and market interests have overrun every aspect of our lives. Selbourne’s work will resonate with many, including those concerned with the destruction of family values and the breakdown of social norms. Convinced we are floundering in an ethical void, he warns the West will eventually be overtaken by Islam. Insisting that the Founding Fathers envisioned a free society protected from the abuses of liberty by deist faith, he recommends a revival of their practical politics and ethics.”
—Cory Taylor, Emmy Award–winning filmmaker and author of How Hitler Was Made

“A richly detailed indictment of our libertarian society as it overemphasizes ego and underemphasizes social responsibility. The book confronts major challenges that are facing the United States and the United Kingdom today, from the growing gap between the rich and the poor to issues concerning education, healthcare, bioethics, immigration, and the rise of militant Islamist movements, among others. In seeking to synthesize positions from both the right and the left, and in developing arguments from classic thinkers, as well as America’s Founding Fathers, the book argues for the establishment of a true commonwealth that provides for the common good of the individual, the family, and the larger society.”

—Hall Gardner, author of World War Trump

“Selbourne is an acute observer of the many ways in which a ‘market’ conception of human freedom has invaded the self-image of modern societies, eroding all standards of virtue and self-reliance. His comprehensive indictment is hard to rebut, because it issues from a serious and humane vision of our moral capacities. Incisively written and with a wealth of fascinating detail, this book will be a talking point for many years to come.”
—Sir Roger Scruton, writer and philosopher

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