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2021: The future of progressivism lies outside Western liberal democracy

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12.01.2021

The year 2020 came and went, leaving behind a much different world than ever thought possible just one year ago. Easily one of the most consequential years in modern world history, it has, among many other things, shown a mirror to the face of Western society – an image that one can no longer ignore. Progressive voices and prognosticators in the West are rightly calling people together to fight for a human future, arguing, philosophizing and shouting over one another. Instead, I think what progressive thought leaders in the West need to do is one crucial thing: listen.

The problems that the progressive forces in the Western world face are serious but not entirely unique; for example, China is masterfully dealing with its Big Tech question in a way Western progressives are still debating and it deserves serious consideration. Western progressives can also learn a lot from the popular protests against neoliberalism that emerged in late 2019 and later ended in serious concessions, as was seen in Chile and Lebanon.

Western progressives’ leadership, however, looks up instead of down, North instead of South and backwards instead of forward. It is a leadership that is ignorant of its own position within space and time.

This is to be expected. The leadership of the progressive forces in the West is composed of a generation told that it was born at the “end of history,” as Francis Fukuyama famously put it. The so-called defeat of socialism, i.e. the defeat of the progressive forces of history at the hands of........

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