The American and French Revolutions overthrew the era of kings. The new era would pursue democracy, equality, and liberty, but two different versions. Ledbetter traces the evolution of the two versions - what he calls the American Way and the French Way - into ideologies such as free market capitalism, socialism, fascism, globalism, and the vaunted "Third Way" of Sweden.Ledbetter names the sequence of war-depression-war between 1914 and 1945 a single pivotal whole, a Thirty Year Event, which slammed the door shut on classical liberalism. Still, the Western values of democracy, equality, and liberty marched across the globe in league with globalization, giving rise to ethno-nationalism in the developing world, a dangerous infection now washing back on the West. The internal contradictions of a new age, bereft since the Thirty Year Event of its classical liberal roots, are manifested in unsustainable debt and endemic crony-capitalism.
Unsustainability threatens to bring the epoch to either an end or a rebirth as people and nations dance obliviously on the edge of the widening gyre.
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About the Author
In 2016, Mark Ledbetter returned to America after a forty year sojourn in Japan, raising a family and keeping an eye on America with both the knowledge of an insider and the eyes of an outsider, capping his career with three years as a visiting professor of linguistics at Hosei University in Tokyo. He arrived back in the United States in October of 2016, just in time to witness a political earthquake, one of those historical episodes rife with potential and danger, which give life, and sometimes death, to the story of a nation. Either way, he intends to monitor the process, doing what he can in his small way to save the Great American Experiment. He has written extensively on both linguistics and history, publishing in both English and Japanese.