In the East, I’ve heard it said, there’s intimacy without friendship; in the West, there’s friendship without intimacy.
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.