Fight for Liberty: Defending Democracy in the Age of Trump
Essay collection to be published by Public Affairs on October 16, 2018
Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Richard North Patterson, and a constellation of other thinkers join forces in the Renew Democracy Initiative to make the urgent case for liberal democracy---reinvigorating its central values in an age of doubt and discord.
Liberal democracy is in crisis around the world, besieged by authoritarianism, nationalism, and other illiberal forces. Far-right parties are gaining traction in Europe, Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on Russia and undermines democracy abroad, and America struggles with poisonous threats from the right and left.
But the defenders of democracy are strong too. The Renew Democracy Initiative was established in 2018 by figures across the political spectrum to reinvigorate the values of liberal democracy and fight back against the rising tide of illiberalism. Taking their cues from the 1788 Federalist Papers, this book is their foundational document---a collection of essays that analyze the multi-pronged threats to liberal democracy in the U.S. and abroad. Thinkers including Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Max Boot, Bret Stephens, Ted Koppel and Natan Sharansky provide their analyses and offer solutions based on fundamental democratic principles such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law.
Fight for Liberty is a roadmap for the struggle against the rising tide of extremism and a cri de coeur in defense of the liberal world order, which sees itself threatened as never before today.