• Suicide of the West

  • How the Rebirth of Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-24-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (663 ratings)

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Combining intellectual history, social science, economics, and pop culture, best-selling author of Liberal Fascism, National Review senior editor, and syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America - and other democracies - must actively defend liberty against forces pulling us back to the tribal and nationalistic ideologies of the past.

The West is dying from ingratitude. Democracy and liberty were accidents of history. If capitalism were natural, it would have popped up long before the 1700s, when humanity stumbled into a miraculous explosion in human prosperity. This miracle was not delivered by God or created by machines. It came from new ideas and values. But what is created by ideas and values can be destroyed them.

In this age of resentment, we reject the gift of liberty and instead listen to the lesser angels of our nature. We find comfort in authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism and aristocracy, all of which brutalized humanity for millennia.

Goldberg exposes the West's suicidal tendencies on the left but also on the right - at a moment when many conservatives are surrendering to tribalism and nationalism. Suicide of the West asserts that for the West to survive, a renewed commitment to classically liberal principles is required. Suicide is painless; liberty takes work.

©2018 Jonah Goldberg (P)2018 Random House Audio

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How did I get here? What are these scars on my wrists?

Masterfully diagnoses the crossroads to which the best civilization that humanity has ever known has come to. Western Civilization, Goldberg argues, is not about oppressing minorities — or any of the other slanders that the modern Left has hurled at it — it is the singular accomplishment of the human race. It, more than anything has led to “happy, prosperous, meaningful lives.” And now we face the choice: return to a “natural” state of foraging and fighting, or adopt GRATITUDE for what our forefathers (and mothers) bequeathed us and build upon it, as they did.

Goldberg has done a fantastic job of presenting where we are, how we got here, and where we could go from here (both prudently and otherwise). If I could induce people, especially millennials, to want to read any book from cover to cover, this would be it.

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Put some gratitude in your attitude

As is the case with his other books, Goldberg lays out his case in exacting, well researched detail, namely, that western liberal democracy and capitalism are flukes in the natural order and must be actively maintained and fought for, lest the weeds of human nature retake and reclaim. The west will not be slain by an external enemy, but without constant struggle, it will succumb to suicide.

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Transcendent instant classic

Jonah’s exposition on human nature, tribalism, and “The Miracle” should be a must read for every high school and college student. However, this book becomes an transcendent instant classic with his argument (with appropriate passion) about the indispensable virtue of gratitude.

I will be buying a copy for each of my children. I hope it will influence their lives like I believe it will mine.

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Unforgettable.

Jonah Goldberg is The Great Unifier. This book is just what we need to redirect the American conversation. Brilliantly argued and backed by a fascinating history lesson, the author reminds us what humility, gratitude, and principle look like, and why without them, we risk losing what makes us truly great. I do not agree with every little argument in this book, but the approach is what matters, and makes this book nothing short of inspiring. The conversation doesn't end here, it begins here.

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No matter your politics, read this book

I'm generally to the left of Goldberg (so you know where this comes from) and I often disagree with many of the positions he takes, but find his writing well thought out and incredibly clear and interesting. I think it is critical for anyone who cares about the current state of the country and politics to read this book. Better to listen to it, as aside from a few idiosyncratic pronunciations (for instance, he can't say "globalist" without sounding mocking), Goldberg's delivery is superb and engaging such that you can tell he truly cares about the topic. It's much better than having some random narrator deliver it.
The book builds a clear case for its thesis. It starts with a description of what made western liberal democracy so successful, and continues on to a theory on how we've gotten to today's climate and what can be done about it. While it does make some strong proclamations at the end, that's the purpose of such a treatise. Whether you agree with him or not the case is well made and any discussion of the state of American Democracy today would be wise to include, if not be founded on, this book, whether to build further or, as is my preference, to argue a somewhat different conclusion.

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Challenge yourself in what you believe

This book has opened my mind to many areas throughout life. Not only in the political arena but also in a cultural level. Love the history lessons throughout the entirety of the book. One thing that really sticks is nationalism and progressivism are populism which are driven by feelings but more by resentment. It pins “us” against “them” and if we believe our constitution will last these emotional responses then we’re naive. “A Catholic viewed it as a threat when a Protestant held thrown and now we are heading that we when we view the opposing party a threat as well. We need each other to live in peace and harmony but we must have the conversations and not the emotional outbursts. Proverbs 16:32 (AMP): 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.

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Reasons to be grateful for America

a great way to u understand the history of America in the guides of what it's likelihood and accomplishments

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Everyone should take the time to listen to this.

This is such a wonderfully written and constructed book. Changed a lot of ideas I previously had, and THATS what makes a book or an idea good. 10/10.

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an exceptional eye-opening book

this book will leave you Spellbound and appreciative of what we have today in the world.

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Consistently Principled

Jonah standing athwart America yelling stop. His familiar combination of political philosophy, history, and odd pop culture references that he does so well.