Last week, I reviewed Robert D. Kaplan‘s The Coming Anarchy, noting that the collection of essays was “surely overdue for an update by the prolific Mr. Kaplan.”
Imagine my pleasure (and momentary confusion) at being greeted by this excerpt from Mr. Robert Kagan‘s newest book in today’s Wall St. Journal. Same vein, different Robert:
There was nothing inevitable about the world that was created after World War II. No divine providence or unfolding Hegelian dialectic required the triumph of democracy and capitalism, and there is no guarantee that their success will outlast the powerful nations that have fought for them. Democratic progress and liberal economics have been and can be reversed and undone. The ancient democracies of Greece and the republics of Rome and Venice all fell to more powerful forces or through their own failings. The evolving liberal economic order of Europe collapsed in the 1920s and 1930s. The better idea doesn’t have to win just because it is a better idea. It requires great powers to champion it.
Naturally, A Superfluous Man made a beeline to Amazon to add the book into inventory. For your convenience, the book is available here.
N.B.: Foreign affairs analyst Robert Kagan is brother to military historian Frederick Kagan and son to Yale Classics Professor Donald Kagan, whose lectures on Greek history made an appearance on this site last week here and here.