This is a book review of Fight For Liberty: Defending Democracy In The Age Of Trump, by Richard Hurowitz.
Liberal democracy is in crisis around the world, besieged by authoritarianism, nationalism, and other illiberal forces. Far-right parties are gaining traction in Europe, Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on Russia and undermines democracy abroad and America struggles with poisonous threats from the right and left.
About The Author, Richard Hurowitz
Richard Hurowitz is a writer, investor, and the publisher of The Octavian Report, a quarterly magazine of ideas and host of the annual Octavian Forum. He is the chief executive officer of Octavian and Company LLC, and investment firm.
Previously, he was the founder and chief investment officer of Octavian Advisers, an international special situations and distressed investment fund which managed approximately $1.4 billion and which was sold to TPG, the private equity firm. The fund was named one of the top large global hedge funds by Bloomberg and successfully invested in over fifty countries.
Prior to founding Octavian, Richard was a partner at Halcyon Asset Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of El Towers Spa, the Italian broadcast towers company, and of Head NV, the Austrian sporting goods business.
Hurowitz is an adviser to TPG Sixth Partners. He serves on the governing board of the Yale University Art Gallery and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and of the Council of Foreign Relations. He was a co-founder of, the Renew Democracy Initiative, an organization dedicated to defending liberal democracy.
His writing has appeared on the opinion pages of the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, Time, the Daily Beast, History Today and the Jerusalem Post. He received his BA in history from Yale University, graduating in three years, magna cum laude and with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta. He earned a JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the editor-in-chief of the Columbia/VLA Journal of Law and the Arts.
Hurowitz as you can see by his bio, is a very intelligent and assuming man. This is why during these times we are in today with the world-wide pandemic (COVID 19) happening, I want to get some financial, political, and global views to some of my questions.
The 1788 Federalist Papers
The defenders of democracy are strong too. Taking their cues from the 1788 Federalist Papers, The Renew Democracy Initiative is a collective of pro-democracy advocates from across the political spectrum, including Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Max Boot, Bret Stephens, Ted Koppel, and Natan Sharansky.
This book is their foundational document, a collection of essays that analyze the multi-pronged threats to liberal democracy in the U.S. and abroad, and offer solutions based on fundamental democratic principles such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law.
The Renew Democracy Initiative
The Renew Democracy Initiative began in the months following the 2016 American presidential election. Hurowitz and two others met over coffee to talk about what might be done to counteract the troubling trends we had seen playing out over recent years: the degradation of civic dialogue, the crosion of faith in basic institutions, the denigration of expertise as “elitism”-and a resurgence of political authoritarianism and extremism.
The resurgence, of course, did not begin or end with the U.S. presidential election and the strong populist currents it revealed on both sides of the ideological spectrum. Nor was it confined to the United States. Across Europe, separatist movements and populist parties were gaining traction. Strongmen were ascendant from Turkey to Russia to the Philippines. Fanatics and terrorists continued to pose a global threat. The small group expanded rapidly from both the right and left sides of the political aisle.
Bipartisan Consensus Is Under Assault
Traditional bipartisan consensus is under assault on issues including free trade; a system of allowances and the postwar, rules-based order; and the need for political compromise. Even more troubling, confidence in democratic institutions and the individual rights they exist to safe-guard is failing.
The rise of a new illiberalism has launched a wave of nativism, isolationism, militant identity politics, and hostility toward dissenting views. It is crowding out and undermining the spirit of freedom, meritocracy, and tolerance that characterizes the most cherished ideals of liberal democracy.
Remind, Educate And To Advocate For Liberty
The Renew Democracy Initiative is an effort to reinvigorate democracy from the ground up, based on common ideals and ideas. The goal is to remind, to educate, and to advocate for liberty. This book, inspired by the Federalist Papers, is our inaugural publication.
The essays collected have lay out first principles, describe the most serious threats to liberal-democratic values, and outline solutions to meet those threats. There is no partisan agenda: embrace any citizen, of any political persuasion, of any nation, who values these principles.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinct,”, Ronald Reagan warned. How to preserve it? Franklin Roosevelt illuminated our path when he said: “The real safeguard of liberty is education.”, Education that is, about the principles that inform the politics and values and processes of democracy.
Fight For Liberty: Defending Democracy In The Age Of Trump by Richard Hurowitz, takes a look at The Renew Democracy Initiative and how they seek to inspire whomever they can, wherever they can, to help create a cultural and political climate that stirs pride, not alarm. To run a federal government with the threat of fear from the leader of the free world, does not make him more powerful, it makes him weak.
This book is also a road map for the struggle against the rising tide of extremism and a cri de coeur in defense of the liberal world order, which sees itself threatened as never before in American History.
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