The decline of liberalism, the West…

I quite liked this post by Rafael Behr. I quite strongly recommend reading it for the beauty of the words, even if you don’t agree with their intent.

On liberalism’s fighting power:

Fascism, its deadliest enemy, wasn’t debated into submission or outrun in an economic race: it was beaten by military force in a fight to the death, started by the fascists.

On winning the cold war:

Western intellectuals and eastern dissidents pleaded for democracy on principle for years before brute economics settled the matter.

On the state of the world today:

The Freedom party[^1] was then beyond the pale. The pale has moved.

And how quickly we got here:

It took a generation to get from the idealism of tearing down the wall to the backlash and pulling up the Brexit drawbridge.

Face facts. The west that won the cold war no longer exists | Rafael Behr

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