Illiberalism on the March
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Sohrab Ahmari, Editorial Writer, The Wall Street Journal
Identity politics, exclusionary nationalism, and global insecurity are eroding liberal order around the world, from Hungary to Turkey to the Philippines and -- perhaps -- here in the U.S. That's the premise of much anxious academic research and journalistic editorializing these days. This talk addresses how those who cherish the classical liberal idea might begin to push back, and how we might rejig liberalism itself to meet the challenge of rising illiberalism.
Sohrab Ahmari is an Editorial Writer for The Wall Street Journal, based in London, where he also writes the Journal's Border Lands column on security in Europe and the Middle East. He joined the Journal in New York as an Assistant Books Editor in 2012. Prior to that, he earned a law degree at Northeastern University in Boston, served as a non-resident fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and completed a two-year commitment to Teach for America.
In addition to the Journal, Mr. Ahmari’s writing has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Weekly Standard, the Catholic Herald, Commentary and Dissent, among many other publications. He has testified before the British Parliament and appears regularly on broadcast media on both sides of the Atlantic, including the BBC, Sky News, France 24, Deutsche Welle and the Fox News Channel.
Mr. Ahmari is the author of The New Philistines: How Identity Politics Disfigure the Arts (Biteback, 2016). He is currently writing an intellectual autobiography for Ignatius Press.