Suicide of the West - Jonah Goldberg

Suicide of the West

By Jonah Goldberg

  • Release Date: 2018-04-24
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings



“Epic and debate-shifting.” —David Brooks, New York Times

"More than any book published so far in this century, it deserves to be called a conservative classic." —Yuval Levin, National Review

With his trademark blend of political history, social science, economics, and pop culture, two-time NYT bestselling author, syndicated columnist, National Review senior editor, and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America and other democracies are in peril as they lose the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity. Instead we are surrendering to populism, nationalism and other forms of tribalism.

Only once in the last 250,000 years have humans stumbled upon a way to lift ourselves out of the endless cycle of poverty, hunger, and war that defines most of history—in 18th century England when we accidentally discovered the miracle of liberal democratic capitalism.
As Americans we are doubly blessed that those radical ideas were written into the Constitution, laying the groundwork for our uniquely prosperous society:
·         Our rights come from God not from the government.
·         The government belongs to us; we do not belong to the government.
·         The individual is sovereign. We are all captains of our own souls.
·         The fruits of our labors belong to us.
In the last few decades, these political virtues have been turned into vices. As we are increasingly taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation and “white privilege,” the principles of liberty and the rule of law are under attack from left and right.

At a moment when authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism, and cults of personality are rotting our democracy from within, Goldberg exposes the West’s suicidal tendencies on both sides of the ideological aisle. For the West to survive, we must renew our sense of gratitude for what our civilization has given us and rediscover the ideals that led us out of the bloody muck of the past – or back to the muck we will go.

Suicide is painless, liberty takes work.


  • Terribly boring

    By Liquidpoo
    I’m an insomniac and it puts me to sleep. Thanks for getting me off of seroquel, Jonah.
  • I’m Glad to be a part of the American Tribe

    By Romuleus 57
    Bought both the hard copy (for days when I give my technology a rest) and the audiobook for the daily commute. Must reading for those perplexed with our current political and social state of affairs.
  • A timeless book

    By mcsandberg
    This asks the question - Why were were poor for almost all of our history? Whey did it take us over 250,000 to discover the miracle of prosperity? The answer isn’t what you expect! I learned a lot from this extremely well researched book. You wouldn’t expect if from a work like this, but its one of those books that you just can’t put down.
  • Disappointed in Jonah

    By SpaceGregster
    This book is a perfect example of what an intellectual elite “looks” like. I used to like be hearing and reading Mr. Goldberg’s thoughts and opinions but ever since President Trump appearance on the political scene, Jonah has lost his objectivity. And worse yet, as this book shows, Jonah is only impressed with Jonah. In my humble opinion this book reads like a “look at how smart I am” time rather than a good consolidation of historical data into a single book covering a very important subject. What could have been said in one paragraph grinds on and on page after page. At the end of his random thoughts I forget where we started. I think written properly, this book could be 300-400 pages shorter. And ending with a chapter covering his nemesis, President Trump, shows his lack of objectivity and elitist attitude.