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Networks, Hierarchies, and Tyrannies


Published April 25, 2023

Ferguson explains how networks operate is not really understood and applied to history. Until societies can better understand how illiberal ideologies spread, they are in danger of succumbing to the next radical ideology. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. During the 1930s and 1940s, did free societies have to take on some aspects of unfree ones to fight them? Why?
  2. Why do people keep misapplying the history of the 1930s and the 1940s to today?

Additional Resources:

  • Read Niall Ferguson’s book The Square and the Tower. Available here.
  • Watch or listen to “Baby Busts and Bank Crashes: A Conversation with Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt” on GoodFellows. Available here.
  • Watch “Free Speech: Why Does It Matter?” on PolicyEd. Available here.