Aaron MacLean Reviews Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror
April 18, 2018
The Wolf With a Thousand Faces
Review: Waller R. Newell, ‘Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror’
One can imagine a sustained left-wing rebuke to the argument of Waller Newell’s new book, Tyrants, the sketch of which is as follows. Newell is a partisan of a kind of politics we might label, depending on our mood, "liberal democracy" or "Atlanticism" or "neo-liberalism," or even "first-wave modernism." Given such an allegiance, and apparently seized with the desire to write a book for a popular audience that defends the interests of his preferred regime, he has awkwardly jammed together most, if not all, of liberal democracy’s enemies under the single ill-fitting header, "tyranny."