On Decadence

Decadence may be an inevitable outgrowth of modernity, but it doesn’t necessarily presage decline and fall. Liberty, properly understood as based on self-discipline, is the best bulwark against social and moral decay.

Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 1 | Published on: August 11, 2013

Charles Hill is Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow at Yale University, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order (Yale University Press, 2010).

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