Suicide of the West – Washington, D.C. Discussion

Suicide of the West

How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy
(Crown Forum; April 24, 2018)

Join us in Washington, D.C. for a book discussion with Jonah Goldberg

Author of Suicide of the West and fellow at National Review Institute and American Enterprise Institute 

May 1, 2018
The American Enterprise Institute | Washington, DC
5:30PM Registration; 6:00PM Program; 7:00PM Reception and Book Signing 

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“It is indeed a serious book with perhaps the rarest of things: the potential to change your mind on any number of subjects. That it is written with great good humor and some laugh out loud moments should not disguise that it is very serious and very important…I marvel at its breadth and depth…”
Hugh Hewitt, nationally-syndicated radio talk show host

[Suicide of the West] is damn good.”
Dana Perino, Fox News host

“…a fantastic book…Highly recommended.”
Brad ThorNew York Times bestselling author


In his newest book, Suicide of the WestJonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America – and other democracies – must actively defend liberty against forces pulling us back to the tribal and nationalistic ideologies of the past. Goldberg exposes the West’s suicidal tendencies on the left but also on the right – at a moment when many conservatives are surrendering to tribalism and nationalism. 
The West is dying from ingratitude. Democracy and liberty were accidents of history. If capitalism were natural, it would have popped up long before the 1700s, when humanity stumbled into a miraculous explosion in human prosperity. This miracle was not delivered by God or created by machines. It came from new ideas and values. But what is created by ideas and values can be destroyed them.​ ​In this age of resentment, we reject the gift of liberty and instead listen to the lesser angels of our nature. We find comfort in authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism and aristocracy, all of which brutalized humanity for millennia.
Suicide of the West asserts that for the West to survive, a renewed commitment to classically liberal principles is required. Suicide is painless; liberty takes work.


Jonah Goldberg is an adjunct fellow at the National Review Institute, a senior editor of National Review, founding editor of National Review Online, and a fellow and Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at  the American Enterprise Institute. He hosts the popular podcast The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
A bestselling author and columnist, Goldberg’s nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the United States. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, and a contributor to Fox News. He was named by The Atlantic magazine as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Tyranny of Clichés (Sentinel HC, 2012) and Liberal Fascism (Doubleday, 2008).