Liberal democracies are under siege worldwide and a range of thinkers have been probing the reasons why.
John Keane, a professor of politics at the University of Sydney, has a new book explaining the threat, an allegedly new type of regime, The New Despotism. What are its characteristics? How does it differ from despotisms of the past? How does it threaten to unfold at home?
I explore these themes and offer a bit of my take in this review in the new print edition of the Washington Monthly.
My last review for the Monthly was of Jason DeParle’s A Good Provider is One Who Leaves, an intimate portrait of global migration.