Defending Democracy, Renewing Liberty

"We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage."


So wrote Friedrich Hayek in 1949, and so it is once again today. Westernaissance is passionate about the values and institutions of liberty, and is committed to their defence and rejuvenation in the face of growing threats at home and abroad.

Westernaissance Podcast

October 29, 2019

What is modernity? How is our world different from that of our ancestors? Why did sustained economic growth, individuality and political freedom first emerge in nineteenth-century Europe and not twelfth-century China? And can the miracle of modernity last? Amichai Magen and Stephen Davies discuss Davies's new book The Wealth Explosion - The Nature and Origins of Modernity

July 24, 2019

In this episode of the Westernaissance Podcast, Amichai Magen talks with Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Larry Diamond, about his new book: Ill Winds - Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency

February 5, 2019

In this episode of the Westernaissance podcast, Amichai Magen and Ralf Fücks (author and founder of the Center for Liberal Modernity) explore the meaning of Liberalism, its current crisis, and whether Liberalism can be reinvented to provide effective answers to humanity's greatest challenges in the twenty-first century. 

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Westernaissance Blog

January 23, 2018

Summary: The global democratic boom, which transformed much of the world’s political landscape in the three decades between 1974 and 2004, has had a profound impact on international law, most notably in the development of a "right to democratic governance". In a world increasingly composed of democracies and dominated by liberal principles, the claim stated, there exists an emergent enforceable right to democratic governance i...

January 21, 2018

Summary: Global rates of terrorism have skyrocketed since 9/11. But the aggregate increase tells us very little about the distribution of attacks across different regime types. Contrary to the traditional scholarly view and popular perceptions in the media, reasonably high-quality democracies enjoy a robust and growing "triple democracy advantage" in facing the scourge of Islamist terrorism. Not only are liberal democracies an...

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