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Is western liberalism obsolete? Show more Show less

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the Financial Times that western liberalism is obsolete. Its obituary is being written by everyone from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and journalists like Edward Luce and James Traub. Authoritarian China is ascendant. Free trade, the rule of law, freedom of movement and toleration are in trouble around the world. So has the cluster of ideas known as western liberalism had its day?

It's not obsolete, but under threat Show more Show less

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Valdimir Putin made his claim in an interview with the UK newspaper The Financial Times. The FT's editorial board responded with a comment rebutting him: It said liberal, market-based democracy remains the organising principle in most non-petrostate countries with the highest living standards — and vital to the dynamism that generated their prosperity.
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