Another betrayal of the intellectuals | Curio

Another betrayal of the intellectuals

19 mins | Jan 17, 2021

Anne Applebaum's latest book is a "six-chapter journey of privilege and loss." In The Hedgehog Review, researcher Jonathan D. Teubner reviews Applebaum's "Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism", where the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian charts the evolution of her own centre-right liberalism. "Our populist narratives, often driven by a kind of economic determinism, would suggest that the haves of Berlin and the have-nots of Brandenburg would clash. Yet there has been very little populist animosity aimed at the citadel of Berlin from the fields of Brandenburg. But why is this? Why do such divisions spark revolt in some regions, while in others, people, well, get on with it? Why do some democracies seem fragile, teetering on the edge of collapse, while others appear robust even in the midst of the unprecedented challenges of widespread disease, joblessness, and general discontent?"

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From The Hedgehog Review