A new book by Ci Jiwei argues that the Communist Party must lead China’s transition to democracy from the top down. But such a process would be a contradiction in terms—and would result in no democracy at all.
In The Decadent Society, Ross Douthat argues that today’s West is characterized more by enervation than outright depravity. But in order to emphasize the sustainability of decadence, Douthat has to keep insisting things really aren’t that bad . . . yet.
Saint Seraphim, patron saint of Russian nukes? Dmitry Adamsky’s Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy tells the story of how the Kremlin and Russian Orthodox Church came to embrace one another, and how the relationship continues to shape Russia’s identity and worldview.
From empire to fascist occupation to communism, Ethiopia experienced all the turbulent upheavals of the 20th century. As its leader embarks on a risky reform effort, two recent literary works bring this vital history out of the shadows.