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“Today we can say that Fukuyama was right”

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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“Equality between us can only exist when China becomes a democracy.”

Interview with Joseph Wu 

Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, has only been in office since February 2018. Since then he has witnessed China’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric. In this interview with SLD’s Alexander Görlach, Wu discusses Chinese interference in elections, his country’s role in the alliance of liberal democracies and what Taiwan identity means in the 21st century.

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It’s Not a Democracy If You Don’t Vote

by Saad Amer

In theory, every citizen in a democracy would vote, ensuring that elected officials actually represent the values of their constituents. However, the US political system is far from that ideal. In America, midterm elections consistently yield voter turnouts less than 50%. In fact, the last time a midterm election reached a voter turnout over 50% was in 1914.

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Liberal democracy isn’t saved yet – what will the new year bring?

– by Alexander Görlach – What will the world look like in 2019? As every year, we ask ourselves what the new year might hold. In the past few years, that was an agitating affair. There’s a wave of nationalism and populism that has captured every part of the world, “Brexit”, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of China and the trade war between the United States and the People’s Republic. But where are we heading in 2019? Is everything going to be even worse? Or can humanity finally settle back and enjoy the dawn of a new era? 

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On the Road to Power: Mexico’s Walter Mitty

by Adam Wiaktor

The past two years have been full of political surprises. The election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as President of Mexico was not one of them. He won the election in convincing fashion, with more people voting for him than any other presidential candidate combined. He has broken the stranglehold the PAN and the PRI had over Mexican politics. He is promising to do nothing less than drain the Mexican swamp of corruption, injustice and careerism. He is the embodiment of the new populism in Central America. Critics have suggested there is more than a hint of Péron in his rhetorical style.

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Boris Johnson to be prosecuted for misconduct in office

The initiative by Marcus J Ball intends to sue former British foreign minister Boris Johnson for lying to the public. In the rally leading to the Brexit referendum in the summer of 2016, Johnson and others claimed the exit from the European Union will bring back 350 million British Pounds to the island.

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Populists taking the regions hostage. It’s the new nationalism of the Right

by Alexander Görlach

Italy is increasingly distancing itself from the European Union. Once a proud founding member of the EU, the country’s new left-right populist government is already preparing itself to blame the coming economic disaster on Brussels. Matteo Salvini, now leader of the racist Lega-Nord, entered politics demanding Northern Italian independence from the less affluent south of the country. Now he claims that foreign powers are trying to destabilize the country and that they are willing to bet against Italy on the financial markets.

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Merkel’s Greatest Challenge

by Annabelle Luecker

Over the last few weeks, there has been much talk from numerous political commentators as well as spectators regarding the extent to which the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been hit by the political consequences of the Refugee Crisis.

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What to believe and what not?

by Julia Soleveva

Religions are bound by their own narratives of identity. very often they are challenged by different interpretations of social questions. Christianity nowadays, however, is debating one question, that defined and will define its very core of identity: did Jesus really rise from the dead?

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