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David Goodhart: Liberals are set on a collision course with democracy

Two new books attempt to chart a course through choppy political waters. David Goodhart is unconvinced

By David Goodhart   April 2018

Donald Trump's bite has proved much milder than his bark. Photo: PA

Liberals in developed countries have been used to winning almost every argument for economic and cultural openness over the past 30 years. And they have not in the main been reacting calmly to the apparent end to this golden era.

Both these books, one focusing mainly on the United States, the other ranging more widely, capture the new paranoid spirit of a liberalism that had grown complacent and narrow and now seems unable to renew itself.

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