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The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

Thursday May 2003


Fareed Zakaria Editor, Newsweek International

Can we spread democracy to countries like Iraq? Should we? In The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, Newsweek International editor and Manhattan Institute Trustee, Fareed Zakaria, provides the historical and philosophical context for what is becoming America’s great debate and offers this provocative conclusion: the spread of democracy does not always produce a corresponding growth of liberty.

In this groundbreaking work, which Samuel P. Huntington calls one of the most important books to be published in the last decade, Zakaria demonstrates why democracy and liberty haven’t always gone hand in hand. While clearly a proponent of democratic ideals, Zakaria points out that free elections do not necessarily guarantee the civil and economic liberties that are necessary to a free society. Zakaria argues that—both at home and abroad—without its inner stuffing, democracy will prove to be an empty shell manipulated by special interests and populist forces and unable to solve the problems of its people.