The Fall Forum is free and open to all World Affairs Council Hilton Head members, but advance registration is required. Registration deadline is September 28th. Three groups will participate this fall; registration for each group is limited to 30 people.
The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s 2018 Fall Forum is built around the ideas presented in The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce, an English journalist and the Financial Times chief US commentator and columnist based in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracy ― of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a terrifying symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's economic losers, and complacency about our system's durability ― attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. The West's faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different.
Combining on-the-ground reporting with the intelligent synthesis of the literature and economic analysis, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration, the rise of European populism, and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them from the multiple onslaughts they face in the coming years.
Although the book’s themes are the focus for discussion, the sessions will not be a book report. Each participant is expected to read the book. Our local Barnes and Noble has the book, and it is available on Amazon. The Fall Forum consists of four facilitated discussion sessions, each concentrating on specific chapters. The breakdown of the discussions is as follows: