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The Washington Post: "Authoritarianism is surging — Can liberal democracy fight back?" by Carlos Lozada

Writing in The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada reviews two new books on the threats to liberal democracy: Liberalism and Its Discontents by Francis Fukuyama and The Age of the Strongman by Gideon Rachma:

When warring cultures and distant poles are the recurring metaphors for our politics, genteel calls for moderation may seem quaint. When authoritarian impulses are ascendant, wishing for self-restraint can feel foolish, a denial of reality and an abdication of responsibility.

But what if moderation and restraint — the acceptance of limits in political life — are not just the right thing, but really all that is left to try?