Staunton, November 27 – When the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR fell apart, it was widely assumed and even stated by Francis Fukuyama that there was “no alternative” to liberal democracy; but the last 30 years have shown that one has emerged, “Feudalism 2.0,” and in Russia first of all, Yevgeny Gontmakher says.
When communism fell in Eastern Europe, the elites who came to power there wanted liberal democracy in their countries, the Moscow social theorist and commentator says. “The Soviet perestroika intelligentsia …set ‘socialism with a human face’ as its goal (mk.ru/politics/2019/11/27/v-rossii-poyavilas-novaya-model-obshhestvennogo-ustroystva-feodalizm-20.html
Consequently, Gontmakher continues, despite all the problems and difficulties of the past three decades in Eastern Europe and Russia as well, liberalism is fated to win out. Those who want it to come sooner rather than later must prepare themselves, analyze their own errors and those of others, and take responsibility.
This won’t be an easy struggle or even one that will be won once and for all, but for those who believe in freedom, opportunity and dignity, it is one ever more people are going to join.