Ivan Krastev on Democracy - Dictionary of Arguments
Krastev I 6
Democracy/ex-communist countries/Krastev: After the communist collapse, according to Central Europe’s populists, liberal democracy became a new, inescapable orthodoxy. Their constant lament is that imitating the values, attitudes, institutions and practices of the West became imperative and obligatory.
Krastev I 58
Democracy/Krastev: Unlike liberalism, in any case, democracy is an exclusively national project. This is why, in the end, de Gaulle’s ‘Europe of fatherlands’ has resisted all pressures to dissolve separate member-country identities into a common post-national identity.64 Because of its inherent affinity with the universalism of human rights, liberalism is more hospitable to trans-national globalization than is democracy. But liberalism, too, works best within the context of politically bounded communities. After all, the most effective human rights organization in the world is the liberal nation-state.
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The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019