Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose on Charlie Rose
Stagnating wages and growing inequality will soon threaten the stability of contemporary liberal democracies and dethrone democratic ideology as it is now understood. What is needed is a new populist ideology that offers a realistic path to healthy middle-class societies and robust democracies.
Today’s troubles are real, but not ideological: they relate more to policies than to principles. The postwar order of mutually supporting liberal democracies with mixed economies solved the central challenge of modernity, reconciling democracy and capitalism. The task now is getting the system back into shape.
Selections from the Foreign Affairs archives tracing the ideological battles of the past century and the evolution of the modern order. The authors include Harold Laski, Victor Chernov, Paul Scheffer, William Henry Chamberlin, Giovanni Gentile, Erich Koch-Weser, Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Isaiah Berlin, Benedetto Croce, Leon Trotsky, C. H. McIlwain, Alvin Hansen and C. P. Kindleberger, Geoffrey Crowther, David Saposs, G. John Ikenberry, Azar Gat, Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel, and Nancy Birdsall and Francis Fukuyama.
Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose and political scientist Francis Fukuyama recently sat down with Charlie Rose to discuss the themes of "The Future of History," Fukuyama's most recent contribution to the magazine, and "Making Modernity Work," Rose's recent essay. Both articles were part of a special 90th anniversary collection tracing the ideological battles of the past century and the evolution of the modern order.
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If you haven't read the issue, check it out here. Inside, you'll also find:
Matthew Kroenig, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, shows that a carefully designed strike on Iran, Washington could spare the world from an unacceptable threat.
Stephen D. Krasner, a former director of policy planning, advises the Obama administration that only threats to sever ties and the determination to act on them will do the job in Pakistan.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser, explains that the United States faces two central challenges in foreign policy: enlarging the zone of prosperity and democracy in the West while balancing the rise of China in the East.
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