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Is Viktor Orbán Right That Liberal Democracy Has Failed? Is Italy Exhibit #1?

Marco Valerio Lo Prete | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Marco Valerio Lo Prete

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has argued that "liberal democratic societies cannot remain globally competitive" because their decision-making mechanisms are anachronistic. As Orbán sees it, the alternative is to build what he calls an "illiberal" democratic state. And this, he posited, is not a personal whim: "Today, the world tries to understand systems which are not Western, not liberal, maybe not even democracies, yet they are successful."

The End of Thinking?

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Henry Mintzberg

History did not end in 1989, but for too many of the people who bought into Francis Fukuyama's influential "End of History?" article, what ended then was thinking. A failure to understand that successful countries of the West maintain a balance of power across the public, private, and plural sectors of society has been throwing the U.S. and many other countries out of balance ever since.

Sikhism Needs Liberal Democracy

Ameek Singh | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Ameek Singh

Only an overarching institution answering to all Sikhs can enact such reforms. No individual person or nonprofit, however well-intentioned or competent, has the scale or consent to do so.

Salman Rushdie and the Right to Offend

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.

Lessons from 9/11: Cool-Headedness More Effective than Rage in Fighting Terrorism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.12.2011 | New York
Carlo Strenger

Ten years later, we need to take stock of how 9/11 shaped history. We also need to ask where the Free World, particularly the U.S., made mistakes that amplified the impact of 9/11 beyond what it should have been.

Israel's Version of the French Revolution: Liberty, Fraternity, Creativity

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.15.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Israel's creative class has had enough. The nation-wide protest against a political system run by parasites that disenfranchises the productive classes is only gaining momentum.

Hillary Rebuts the Declinists

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Among foreign policy mandarins here and abroad, it's become axiomatic that America must radically downsize its global ambitions to avoid hubris and to match our straitened economic circumstances. Hillary Clinton is having none of it.