The Resource The future of freedom : illiberal democracy at home and abroad, Fareed Zakaria

The future of freedom : illiberal democracy at home and abroad, Fareed Zakaria

Label
The future of freedom : illiberal democracy at home and abroad
Title
The future of freedom
Title remainder
illiberal democracy at home and abroad
Statement of responsibility
Fareed Zakaria
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Liberty and democracy. The two go hand in hand in popular thinking, fused by more than two hundred years of U.S. history. More democracy means more freedom. Or does it? At a time when democracy is transcendent, the one political system whose legitimacy is unquestioned, this deeply important book points out the tensions between democracy and freedom. It ranges widely through the past and present to remind us that we can have too much of a good thing." "Take American democracy, in many peoples' minds the model for the rest of the world. Fareed Zakaria points out that the American form of democracy is one of the least democratic in use today. Members of the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve - institutions that fundamentally shape our lives - are appointed, not elected. The Bill of Rights enumerates a set of privileges to which citizens are entitled no matter what the majority says. By restricting our democracy, we enhance our freedom."
  • "Nonetheless, we fall into the mistake of thinking, both at home and abroad, that the answer to our problems is always more democracy. But look at the post-Watergate reforms, which opened up politics. They brought into the halls of Congress not the voice of the people but the cries of special interests, well-organized minorities, and money. American government today is more democratic than ever before - and also more dysfunctional." "Abroad, the problem is that the spread of democracy has not produced a corresponding growth of liberty. We are seeing in many parts of the world, from Russia to Venezuela to the Palestinian Authority, a strange creature - the elected autocrat. In the Arab world in particular we see societies trapped between repressive dictatorships and fanatical masses. Is there a way out?"
  • "There is. Zakaria calls for a restoration of the balance between liberty and democracy and shows how liberal democracy has to be made effective and relevant for our times. Woodrow Wilson said the challenge of the twentieth century was to make the world safe for democracy. As we enter the twenty-first century, this timely book challenges us to make democracy safe for the world."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
321.8
Index
index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.Z35 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The future of freedom : illiberal democracy at home and abroad, Fareed Zakaria
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
A brief history of human liberty -- The twisted path -- Illiberal democracy -- The great exception : Islam in the modern world -- Too much of a good thing -- The death of authority
Control code
000024202740
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed
Extent
[v] 286 p.
Isbn
9780393047646
Lccn
2002153051
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b20464381
System control number
  • 24202740lt
  • (OCoLC)50960909

Library Locations

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      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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