In this conversation at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Alexander Görlach, founder of Save Liberal Democracy and a senior fellow at the Council, discusses with Alex Woodson about the future of liberal democracy, the new two-block-world, and how we may live in democracy with AI and an the extended impact of automatisation.

Alex would argue that in the battle of arguments between Stanford’s Francis Fukuyama (“The End of History”) and Harvard’s Samuel Huntington (“The Clash of Civilisations”) that Fukuyama has proven right over the course of time: nowadays there are, again, two blocks in the world, the democratic ones and the non-democratic ones. People in Canada and Taiwan therefore share more than separates them.

On the other side you have forces such as Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Iran that work together for the worse of countries like Syria and with an objective to interfere in the democratic order, pretending the “strongperson”-model is more attractive. As a matter of fact, it isn’t as the economies of these countries has gone downhill.

The People’s Republic of China is at the verge of going down that path, too, as the party leadership under Xi Xinping has embarked on the path of divisive racial policies, putting the Muslim Uyghurs into concentration camps. Now economically the state-run banks lend money to the state (majority) owned companies. Clearly there is, like in the above mentioned countries, no more check-and-balances, that could facilitate any objective analysis of the Chinese economy.

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