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The West has long been a font of stability, prosperity, and security. Yet when faced with global instability and economic uncertainty, it is tempting for states to react by closing borders, hoarding wealth, and solidifying power. We have seen it in Japan, France, and Italy in the past, and today it is infecting all of Europe and also the United States. This rigidity, together with income inequality, is the enemy of the liberal democracy of the West - a force for good which is now needed more than ever.Fortunately, this fate is avoidable. States such as Sweden in the 1990s, California, or Britain under Thatcher all halted stagnation by clearing away the powers of interest groups and restoring their societies' ability to evolve. In this forward-thinking book, Emmott argues that in order to regain its strength, the West needs to be porous, open, and flexible.

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Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott (born August 6, 1956) is an English journalist. Emmott was educated at Latymer Upper School in London and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he attained a First Class Degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). After graduation, he worked for The Economist newspaper in Brussels, Tokyo and London, becoming editor in March 1993. He resigned on 20 February 2006. During his tenure, the circulation of The Economist doubled from 500,000 to nearly 1,100,000 weekly sales. Also during this time, The Economist editorialized in favour of the Iraq war, of legalising gay marriage, of abolishing the British monarchy and in opposition to Silvio Berlusconi as prime minister of Italy.

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