The Fight for the Future

As intemperate, sustained assaults on accepted wisdoms go, Will Hutton's The World We're In (Little Brown; 409 pages) is world class. The British author and economist's basic premise is that the world stands at a critical juncture faced by the "unlovely and dangerous prospect" that American security concerns will become paramount and all other global worries will be subordinated in an exercise of unilateral "brutish American power." Only the European Union, argues Hutton, has the democratic values and social and economic models to offer a counterweight. What sets Hutton's passionate cri de guerre apart from the...

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