ISBN-10:
0393331520
ISBN-13:
9780393331523
Pub. Date:
10/17/2007
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

by Fareed Zakaria

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ISBN-13: 9780393331523
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2007
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 138,592
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Fareed Zakaria has been called "the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation" (Esquire). He is the Emmy-nominated host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor for The Atlantic, a columnist for the Washington Post, and the best-selling author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom. He lives in New York City.

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The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Newmans2001 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Hind sight is much easier than foresight, so I tried to read beyond that and current political views, and enjoyed at least the first ½ to 2/3rds of the book very much. He makes a valiant and worthy effort in trying to bring to terms the unrelated terms of Freedom and Democracy, yet like so many falls back into the trap of proceeding on the assumption of one necessitating the other. He meets the other ultimate trap of assuming Democracy was designed to give us a nest of security, safety and be stability. When in fact it is just the opposite, our Republican Democracy was created to maintain our freedom, allow us to use our wings and to be a constantly changing order, to adapt to a constantly changing world, in fact to encourage it. One must remember Freedom is not free, it is a constant effort to find and maintain, stagnation is it¿s greatest enemy. I often revert to this sightless insight: Security is mostly superstition; it does not exist in nature. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ¿ Helen Keller
dezert on LibraryThing 29 days ago
In this book, Mr. Zakaria differentiates between Liberal and Illiberal Democracies. The main idea is that taking free elections as the only aspect of democracy results in catastrophic results as in the case of Nazi Germany or Hamas in Gaza.Instead, he says that liberal democracy, which implies individual rights, rule of law, separation of powers and free elections are essential requirements to have a successful state.I found this book very interesting and the author's ideas clear and thought provoking. I think I'll look forward to reading more by Mr. Zakaria.
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Zakaria provides some very useful insight into many of the modern day trends that currently afflict our democracy. The book does lack concrete solutions but leaves you clearly informed about the main causes of our current day political malaise. Also Zakaria challenges many modern day notions about democracy and society in general. A must read for anyone interested in government
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Rhoads-Cannon More than 1 year ago
Read this book for a course on democratization theory. Traces the evolution of democratic principles, institutions, and systems over time. Additionally, Zakaria gives great examples of case studies around the world. Zakaria also reveals that Democracies come in all shades and varieties. While some are liberal in orientation, others are illiberal in nature. A good foundational work that should be read by all who are interested in the forces that make up a democratic society and its people. Excellent!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very inquistive look at the common institutions and political activity we witness in our country and abroad. Momumental in terms of political theory that would be a great read for any politician or aspiring politician.
Guest More than 1 year ago
zarkaria makes bold statements when approaching the subject of democracy and inspires the reader to think about common words such as democracy and liberal and freedom. we all need to do that now and then. just think and be aware and see things in different ways. very powerful ways of looking at the world. highly recommend it.