The Light That Failed: Why the West is Losing the Fight for Democracy by Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmesby Stephen Holmes & Ivan Krastev

A landmark book that completely transforms our understanding of the crisis of liberalism, from two pre-eminent intellectuals.

Why did the West, after winning the Cold War, lose its political balance?

In the early 1990s, hopes for the eastward spread of liberal democracy were high. And yet the transformation of Eastern European countries gave rise to a bitter repudiation of liberalism itself, not only there but also back in the heartland of the West.

In this brilliant work of political history, Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes argue that the supposed end of Communism turned out to be only the beginning of the age of the autocrat. Reckoning with the history of the last thirty years, they show that the most powerful force behind the wave of populist xenophobia that began in Eastern Europe stems from resentment at the post-1989 imperative to become Westernized.

Interview with the Author

The Lawfare Podcast
Stephen Holmes on Liberalism in the 21st Century
4/4/20       59 min

Liberalism: The Light That Failed
10/2/20        75 min

Geopolitics on the Move
Wither Liberal Democracy?
9/17/20       60 min


The Library of Congress
The Light that Failed
4/7/20        60 min

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