by Ross Douthat

From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our wealthy, successful society has passed into an age of gridlock, stalemate, public failure and private despair.

Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.

Interview with the Author

Vox Conversations
Ross Douthat and I debate American decadence
6/15/20         92 min

The Realignment
Ep. 28: Ross Douthat, The Decadent Society
3/10/20         42 min

The Portal
30: Ross Douthat – The Rave Before the Fall
4/16/20         158 min

Uncommon Knowledge
Ross Douthat’s Decadent Society
6/2/20       59 min

Conversations with Tyler
Ross Douthat on Decadence and Dynamism
3/25/20       68 min

The Art of Manliness
#604: The Boring Decadence of Modern Society
4/22/20         48 min LogoPodcast Notes Available

Matt Lewis and the News
Ross Douthat on The Decadent Society
7/1/20           66 min

The Neoliberal Podcast
The Decadent Society ft. Ross Douthat
2/27/20          65 min

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