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Wisdom of Crowds

Apr 16, 2022

This week, Shadi and Damir debate whether the war in Ukraine is breathing new life into the liberal idea. It seemed like liberalism might stage a comeback, but Putin-adjacent rightwing populists are still going strong in France and Hungary. Shadi insists he's a liberal who's critical of liberalism, which pushes Damir to question what exactly that means in practice. When is too much illiberalism too much? Also: Damir wonders whether Prohibition got a bad rap.


In Part 2 of their discussion, available here, Shadi and Damir go deeper into how the challenges to liberalism play out in foreign policy, and debate whether democracies are less cruel during war. Is America a moral power? Does that make us better?


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Required Reading





  • "Can Liberalism Thrive Without a Wolf at the Door?" by Ross Douthat (New York Times)


  • "The Enemies of Liberalism Are Showing Us What It Really Means" by Ezra Klein (New York Times)