The New Authoritarian Temptation

Relevant Reading:

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
Anne Applebaum, Doubleday, 2020, $25.00

Plumbing the Allure of Authoritarianism
Gabriel Schoenfeld in The American Interest (2020)

Relevant Listening:

How Stalin Waged Agricultural Warfare on Ukraine
Anne Applebaum on the TAI Podcast (2017)

With Twilight of Democracy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum turns from the study of authoritarianism past to authoritarianism present. How is it, Applebaum asks, that the triumph of democracy at the end of the Cold War has in so much of the West given way to disillusionment with democracy—and why have so many intellectuals aided the process? From Hungary and Poland to Britain and the United States, Applebaum sees signs of anti-democratic sentiments on the rise, often encouraged by her own former allies in the anti-communist movement.

The result is a book that is both politically relevant and deeply personal, grappling with the profound political changes that have been roiling the West for the past three decades.

Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a Senior Fellow of the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, as well as an editorial board member of The American Interest. Be sure to tune in this week as she joins Richard Aldous to discuss her new book. And don’t forget to the subscribe to the show on your podcast provider, leave a review, and follow @aminterest and @anneapplebaum on Twitter.

Published on: July 24, 2020
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