“Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence.”
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize lecture, 1970
For the past 70 years, Europe has proven a stable demonstration of the values of humanism, democracy, free trade, and solidarity – in a word, of liberalism. This experiment, supported by American leadership worldwide, gave rise to the hope of ever-increasing cooperation and trade among peaceful democratic nations. The European Union was supposed to spur this vision of unified diversity along. Columnist and foreign correspondent James Kirchick predicts the rapid demise of that dream, and vividly documents the beginning of the decline in his book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Ages. Kirchick has reported on the cascade of illiberal movements sweeping across Europe – from Great Britain to Hungary – all under the specter of creeping Russian aggression. This week, British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – the same man who touted Hugo Chavez as a champion of the Venezuelan people – celebrates his far-left party’s parliamentary victories. Meanwhile, extremists of all stripes are gaining traction across the continent. The current alternatives to the E.U. seem grim, but is its survival essential for Europe to have a prosperous, peaceful and tolerant future? James joins the show for the full hour and takes calls.