Roger Cohen Discusses How Authoritarianism and Populism Have Gotten the Upper Hand

Roger Cohen Discusses How Authoritarianism and Populism Have Gotten the Upper Hand



if you think back just a quarter century to the end of the Cold War and the assumption that existed then that liberal democracy and liberal democratic values had pretty much triumphed the end of history was proclaimed and it just seemed obvious with the fall the totalitarian systems and authoritarian systems that people wanted to be free people wanted to have choices people wanted to be able to choose the people that they elected and for some time that consensus held and it seemed to be being driven also by technology if we were becoming more interdependent than how could it be that conflict would arise yet again but of course we've discovered that technology not only drives people together it can also be used to push people apart and so now today I think obviously that that sense that conviction has completely evaporated and we have to say that authoritarianism authoritarian systems populism seem for the moment to have the upper hand and that democracy is almost marked these days I mean people don't realize the value of it I mean for the first time in my life I feel I can identify with people in the 1930s who had a sense of the world just drifting toward the abyss and that some infernal mechanism has been engaged

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