Anne Applebaum on the Twilight of Democracy

EconTalk | 12 October 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. Discusses the rise of populist and nationalist movements and their appeal even when they begin to erode or destroy democracy.

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  1. Anne Applebaum is clearly a knowledgeable and thoughtful person, so I only wish there were more interviews in which she received some considered pushback. Just listen to how she reacts when Prof. Roberts suggests there are reasons why Europeans might doubt the wisdom of increasing the power of Brussels (a phenomenon which accelerates and decelerates, but has only moved in one direction over the last 30 years). How would she respond to an outright defence of nationalism for small nations? Perhaps her book shows more empathy and understanding for her political opponents and quondam friends than the podcasts I’ve heard.

    In any case, “Twilight of Liberalism” seems like a more apt title than *Twilight of Democracy*. The leaders she opposes were all elected, and some are popular.

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