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Sunday 31 October 2021

Failure of liberal democracy

Liberal democracy, as practiced in the USA and the UK, does not work. Why not? Because it leads to impoverishment, which in turn leads to fascistoid mobilization of anger and resentment, which are exploited by primitive groups who smell power. Why such trajectory? Because it was based upon wrong ideas about humanity. Like feudalism, fascism, and communism it was a grand experiment, and it is destroying itself and will probably leave something very dangerous in its wake, as did desperate impoverishment in the German Weimar Republic in the last century, which helped fascism to power. This is not just theory, but has meanwhile become factual evidence. This also means that the only form of society which appears to be workable, in spite of all kinds of problems, is social democracy.

The consequences for culture are clear: its funding is undermined, and limited resources mean that populism becomes a defining survival strategy.

Interesting and insightful essay, if we take the purple prose with a grain of salt: