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Ill winds : saving democracy from Russian rage, Chinese ambition, and American complacency

Author: Larry Jay Diamond
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Books, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From America's leading scholar of democracy, a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world order--and the very value of liberty. Larry Diamond has made it his life's work to secure democracy's future by understanding its past and by advising dissidents fighting autocracy around the world. Deeply attuned to the cycles of democratic expansion and decay that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Jay Diamond
ISBN: 0525560645 9780525560647
OCLC Number: 1119766775
Description: xxiii, 354 pages : charts ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: The crisis --
Why democracies succeed and fail --
The march and retreat of democracy --
The authoritarian temptation --
The decline of American democracy --
Russia's global assault --
China's stealth offensive --
Are people losing faith in democracy? --
Meeting the autocrats' challenge --
Fighting kleptocracy --
A foreign policy for freedom --
Making the internet safe for democracy --
Reviving American democracy --
Conclusion: A new birth of freedom.
Other Titles: Saving democracy from Russian rage, Chinese ambition, and American complacency
Responsibility: Larry Diamond.

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"From America's leading scholar of democracy, a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world order--and the very value of liberty. Larry Diamond has made it his life's work to secure democracy's future by understanding its past and by advising dissidents fighting autocracy around the world. Deeply attuned to the cycles of democratic expansion and decay that determine the fates of nations, he watched with mounting unease as illiberal rulers rose in Hungary, Poland, Turkey, the Philippines, and beyond, while China and Russia grew increasingly bold and bullying. Then, with Trump's election at home, the global retreat from freedom spread from democracy's margins to its heart. [The book's] core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If we do not reclaim our traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today's authoritarian swell could become a tsunami, providing an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the twenty-first century into a dark time of despotism. We are at a hinge in history, between a new era of tyranny and an age of democratic renewal. Free governments can defend their values; free citizens can exercise their rights. We can make the internet safe for liberal democracy, exploit the soft, kleptocratic underbelly of dictatorships, and revive America's degraded democracy. Ill Winds offers concrete, deeply informed suggestions to fight polarization, reduce the influence of money in politics, and make every vote count. In 2019, freedom's last line of defense still remains 'We the people"--OCLC.

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"[Diamond] has spent 40 years circumnavigating the globe promoting democracy in Nigeria, Venezuela and some 70 other countries. Yet today he is aghast...In his impassioned book Ill Winds, he proves a Read more...

 
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