For all its benefits, why is liberalism failing, and making so many people unhappy, asks Patrick Deneen? Liberalism failed because it has succeeded. Its liberation of the individual coincides with a sense of political and economic powerlessness for ordinary citizens.
- An “adult” Europe was born on the night of November 9th 1989, or at least it tried. As a new leadership takes over the destinies of the European Union, it faces a number of unanswered questions on its very raison d’etre. Will the answer lie on that very founding moment of its history?
- Marta Facchini takes us to the streets of Budapest presenting the voices of those opposing Orban’s “illiberal democracy”. An analysis that bases its roots in the memories and the hopes of freedom of the Hungarian people in 1989.
- In his latest Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change “multi-scientist” Jared Diamond redraws the history of seven countries that survived defining upheavals. Can today’s West learn from that story to move past the crisis which is threating its very political model?
- On September 20, thousands of Egyptians took to the street in Cairo and other cities of the country in a rare show of anti-government protests. Whilst it is certainly true that corruption, illegal practices, and private enrichment thanks to high-level connections with state officials are particularly hateful aspects in a country in which one-third of the population lives under the threshold of absolute poverty, the actual reasons of protests lie somewhere else.
- In advance of the crucial second round of Presidential elections, the former president of Tunisia’s Higher Political Reform Commission Yadh Ben Achour delivered a fervent appeal to save democracy, in Tunisia and elsewhere from its own malaise: by adjusting its structural weaknesses and distortions and, most importantly, by eradicating the scourge of poverty and popular frustration. Here’s the full trasncript of his keynote speech pronounced last September 20th at the ResetDOC / CAREP international conference in Tunis.
- The West lost its legitimacy to say that only it can manage the world economy and the disruptive impact of the new technologies has been eating away citizenship reflexes and democratic engagement.
- As the Israeli left looks to be heading towards yet another disastrous election, former 2011 Tent Protest leader Yonatan Levi reflects on the heritage of that historic mobilization: where has all that energy, and political demands, gone?
- Political fragmentation, socio-economic despair and the return of foreign fighters: who will prevail in Tunisia’s unique “double election”?
- People in America once again engage strongly in politics. They have enough of anti-government, anti-immigration and polarization extremism that blocks democratic governance.