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Is Western liberalism obsolete? Show more Show less
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In a 2019 interview with the Financial Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Western liberalism "obsolete". He is not alone. The death of the West's ideological mainstay, is being discussed by everyone, from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, and high-profile journalists including Edward Luce and James Traub. Authoritarian China is ascendant. Free trade, the rule of law, freedom of movement and tolerance are in trouble around the world. So, has the cluster of ideas known as Western liberalism had its day?

Liberalism has outlived its purpose. Show more Show less

Liberalism is no longer critical to the social or economic health of a nation.
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Liberalism is being replaced by Christian democracy

Liberalism is giving way to the rise of hard right religious populism.
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a speech in July 2018 that the generation of the post-communist '90s is replacing the generation of '68 and that its values are those of Christian democracy. He said Christian democracy is not compatible with the key tenets of liberalism and therefore should be considered 'illiberal.'

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At the moment economically progressive policies such as medicare for all, the green new deal, and taxing the rich at higher rates are overwhelming popular within the United States. This trend follows around the world. Yet at the same time socially conservative outlooks are also on the rise. Christian democracy is an ideology that balances both of these outlooks and as such may take the place of traditional liberal politics.

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Christian democracy is still fundamentally liberal as it balances representative democracy with a capitalist economic system


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