The Or­di­nary Virtues

The Week (US) - - 22 Arts - By Michael Ig­nati­eff (Har­vard, $28)

Michael Ig­nati­eff has scaled back his dreams about the world’s fu­ture, said Mark Ma­zower in the Fi­nan­cial Times. After criss­cross­ing the globe, the scholar and one­time can­di­date for Cana­dian prime min­is­ter con­cedes in his new book that it was naïve to push lib­eral democ­racy on a world that can’t ev­ery­where sus­tain it. In­stead, he ex­tols gov­ern­ments that sim­ply func­tion and in­di­vid­u­als who choose peace­ful co­ex­is­tence over the pur­suit of utopia. As a po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy, it’s “ar­dently anti-rev­o­lu­tion­ary.”

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