AUDIO: Ross Douthat joins Paul Edwards to discuss The Decadent Society

New York Times op/ed columnist Ross Douthat joined Paul on Monday, March 2 for an engaging conversation about his compelling analysis of Western culture in his new book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.

The audio is below:

Ross Douthat and Paul Edwards discuss The Decadent Society

Guest: New York Times Columnist Ross Douthat on The Decadent Society

Ross Douthat | PHOTO: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times via Redux

Ross Douthat is a columnist for the New York Times op-ed page. He is the author of To Change the ChurchBad Religion, and Privilege, and coauthor of Grand New Party. Before joining the New York Times, he was a senior editor for the Atlantic. He is the film critic for National Review, and he cohosts the New York Times’s weekly op-ed podcast, The Argument. He lives in New Haven with his wife and three children.

Ross’s latest book is The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success. Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.

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