Stephen Holmes on Post-communist Countries - Dictionary of Arguments
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Post-communist countries/Krastev/Holmes: 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.
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The prevailing cult
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of innovation, creativity and originality at the core of liberal modernity means that, even for the inhabitants of economically successful countries such as Poland, the project of adopting a Western model under Western supervision feels like a confession of having failed to escape Central Europe’s historical vassalage to foreign instructors and inquisitors. This self-contradictory request to be both an original and a copy was bound to be psychologically stressful.
Krastev: Poles and Hungarians were told what laws and policies to enact, and simultaneously instructed to pretend that they were governing themselves._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The Common Law Mineola, NY 1991
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019