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Edward Luce on “Why The Values That The West Has Long Championed Are In Danger”

7:15-7:59am check-in and coffee: 8:00am sharp to 9:00am book talk: 9:00-9:10am book sale

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Speaker Series

Date: Friday March 09, 2018 | 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Speaker(s): Edward Luce, Chief U.S. Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times and Author of 3 books including The Retreat of Western Liberalism (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017)
Topic: “Why The Values That The West Has Long Championed Are In Danger”
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $34.95 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "The Retreat of Western Liberalism", 1 seat for the talk and coffee)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: In his widely-acclaimed book Time to Start Thinking, Financial Times chief US columnist and commentator Edward Luce charted the course of American economic and geopolitical decline, proving to be a prescient voice on our current social and political turmoil.  In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of democratic liberalism - of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance toward society’s economic losers, and complacency about our system’s durability - attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall, treated by the West as an absolute triumph over the East. We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent synthesis of the literature and economic analysis, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them from the multiple onslaughts they face in the coming years.

BIOGRAPHY: Edward Luce is a graduate of Oxford University in politics, philosophy and economics.  He worked as a speechwriter for the Treasury Secretary in the Clinton administration, worked as the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, and is based in Washington DC as the Financial Times Washington Columnist and Commentator. He was formerly its Washington Bureau Chief. He is also the author of In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India and Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent.

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