A tribal chief has special opinions

via aleksey godin – thanks

Liberalism, political doctrine that takes protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual to be the central problem of politics. Liberals typically believe that government is necessary to protect individuals from being harmed by others, but they also recognize that government itself can pose a threat to liberty. As the revolutionary American pamphleteer Thomas Paine expressed it in Common Sense (1776), government is at best “a necessary evil.” Laws, judges, and police are needed to secure the individual’s life and liberty, but their coercive power may also be turned against him. The problem, then, is to devise a system that gives government the power necessary to protect individual liberty but also prevents those who govern from abusing that power.

Liberalism, via britannica.com

Liberalism is obsolete, Putin said. It has outlived its purpose.

“Putin’s position is that Russia has a specific and different kind of civilisation, where sovereignty trumps democracy, and national unity and stability trumps rule of law and human rights,” says Prof Cox.

“Not surprisingly, he’s not keen on Western-style liberalism, which he’ll see as a fundamental challenge to his style of government.

“More broadly, he’s also trying to send the message that there’s an alternative to the liberal-style, capitalist, democratic model of society.”

via bbc.com

We have to discuss his special opinions because of his position. He is a dictator of a poor but large nuclear-armed country. By the way, any kind of liberalization is a direct threat to his autocratic rule.

“Whoever claims that liberal democracy is obsolete also claims that freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete,” said Mr Tusk.

“What I find really obsolete are authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs, even if sometimes they may seem effective,” he added.

via bbc.com

Is liberal democracy obsolete, has it outlived its purpose? In any case, if we have to adjust something, first we should say farewell to tribal alpha males and forget their opinions.

It’s noise, and kinda (self-protecting) nonsense.

And several tweets via dailykos.com

Putin : Biggest Cleptocract on the planet says “The Liberal idea has become obsolete”. In Russia for sure. In Europ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Davide Serra 🇪🇺🇮🇹🇬🇧 (@davidealgebris) June 28, 2019

In other words: Putin promulgates alt- right caricature of liberalism and says he is against it twitter.com/lionelbarber/s…

Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) June 27, 2019

‘Liberalism is defunct’ (Putin)

Every fascist & communist dictator in history has said that. None has led societie… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) June 28, 2019

Vladimir Putin and his populists friends think Liberalism is dead. Time to fight back, be more bold, and stand up f… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Irina von Wiese (@IrinavonWiese) June 28, 2019

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination must swear that America will lead again as the world’s greatest defender of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) June 29, 2019