The Crisis of Western Civilization

The Crisis of Western Civilization

April 17, 2017 David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist

Starting decades ago, many people, especially in the universities, lost faith in the Western civilization narrative. They stopped teaching it, and the great cultural transmission belt broke. Now many students, if they encounter it, are taught that Western civilization is a history of oppression.

Across the Globe, a Growing Disillusionment With Democracy

Across the Globe, a Growing Disillusionment With Democracy

September 15, 2015 ROBERTO FOA and YASCHA MOUNK, OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS
Signs of democratic dysfunction are everywhere, from Athens to Ankara, Brussels to Bras√≠lia. In the United States, the federal government has shut down 12 times in the last 35 years. According to the political scientists Christopher Hare and Keith T. Poole, the two main American political parties are more polarized now than they have been…

Is American democracy headed to extinction?

March 24, 2014 Stein Ringen
Behind dysfunctional government, is democracy itself in decay? It took only 250 years for democracy to disintegrate in ancient Athens. A wholly new form of government was invented there in which the people ruled themselves. That constitution proved marvelously effective. Athens grew in wealth and capacity, fought off the Persian challenge, established itself as the…