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In Defense of Decadent Europe

In Defense of Decadent Europe
By Raymond Aron
297 pp, Regnery/Gateway, 1979
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The title is ironic, for this is a defense not of decadent but of liberal Europe. Aron concedes Europe's problems and he analyzes their scope and effect acutely. He believes, however, that they are episodic, not symptoms of decline, and he challenges the West to face realities-to dismiss Marxist promises of salvation and acknowledge the superiority and strength of free societies. Originally a contribution to the political debate in France before the 1978 elections, this hard-headed polemic will have much to say to Americans as well.