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Hope and HistoryA Memoir of Tumultuous Times$
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William vanden Heuvel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501738173

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501738173.001.0001

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Reflections on Years to Come

Reflections on Years to Come

(p.237) 8 Reflections on Years to Come
Hope and History

William vanden Heuvel

Cornell University Press

In his final chapter, Ambassador vanden Heuvel outlines four sources of danger for American democracy today: endless war, stemming from the fallout of the 9/11 attacks and the US war on Iraq, racism, corruption and the abuse of money, and the Trump administration's assault on our democratic institutions, especially the media and the judiciary. He calls for a return to common sense, respect for the United Nations and a commitment to peace and a truly civil society, despite mankind's failure to achieve it thus far. He concludes by encouraging us to live life with courage and optimism.

Keywords:   threats to democracy, endless war, corruption, racism, United Nations

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