Liberalism

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How Liberals Lost in Israel

The decline of Israeli democracy holds lessons for the United States.

A young Uighur activist holds up a poster during a demonstration outside the Foreign Office in Berlin before talks between the Chinese and German foreign ministers on Sept. 1.

Why the Persecution of Muslims Should Be on Biden’s Agenda

The incoming U.S. president must hold China and other countries accountable for religious persecution—and counter Beijing’s global campaign to destroy human rights.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Why Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable—and Fixable

G. John Ikenberry’s new book traces what went wrong. And Biden is listening.

Russian matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on sale at in Moscow on July 13, 2018.

America Must Promote Democracy, Despite Trump’s Disdain for It

Even if 2020 marks a low point of U.S. democratic practice, supporting liberalism abroad must remain a vital element of U.S. foreign policy.

Indian author Pankaj Mishra in 2006.

You Can Only See Liberalism From the Bottom

Why Pankaj Mishra sees the ideology’s limits more clearly than its most powerful fans.

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden  greet supporters at a rally on Oct. 12, 2008 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Biden Is Getting Ready to Bury Neoliberalism

The potential next Democratic administration is preparing to upend decades of dogma on globalization.

Anne Applebaum in Udine, Italy, on Jan. 26, 2019.

The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal

Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.

A tattered American flag blows in the winds of Hurricane Dennis in Mobile, Alabama, on July 10, 2005.

The Anti-American Century

The old U.S.-led order has crumbled. What will replace it may be just what the world—and the United States—needs.

French Finance Minister Emmanuel Macron gestures during a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on Jan 22, 2016.

The Pandemic Could Be the Crisis Liberalism Needed

The future has rarely seemed bleaker for free-market democracy—but small changes can bring it roaring back.

British Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn lays a bunch of flowers at the end of Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 23, 2017.

Liberal Professors’ Deadly Delusions About Curing Terrorists

Last week’s attack in Britain proves that well-meaning progressive academics have no business keeping the public safe.

A man draped in an Algerian national flag walks along a street as protesters take part in a demonstration against the ruling class in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Aug. 23, for the 27th consecutive Friday and marking six months since the movement began.

America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph

Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and government ministers react prior to the voting of the government resignation at the parliament in Kiev on Feb. 16, 2016.

The Death of Ukraine’s Liberals

Western-oriented reformers are about to get completely wiped out in parliamentary elections—and they have nobody to blame but themselves.

New York Times columnist David Brooks speaking at the Book Expo America in New York.

When Zombie Neoconservatives Attack

Why most Americans are right about foreign policy, and David Brooks is wrong.

Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend Christmas Eve services at the National Cathedral on December 24, 2018 in Washington.

Freedom of Religion Doesn’t Cut It

The United States is committed to protecting freedom of expression abroad—but in far too narrow terms.

President Jair Bolsonaro waves a Brazilian flag while addressing supporters during his inauguration ceremony in Brasilia on Jan. 1, 2019. (Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil’s Love Affair With Diplomacy Is Dead

A leader in liberal internationalism is about to turn its back on the world.

An equation written at a secondary school on Dec. 1, 2014 in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Welfare State Is Committing Suicide by Artificial Intelligence

Denmark is using algorithms to deliver benefits to citizens—and undermining its own democracy in the process.

A man poses on a pillory with a French flag during a demonstration against rising fuel prices on Nov. 17, 2018 in Dole, France. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron Can Survive France’s Anger

The French will remain restive unless and until the effects of their president’s ambitious reforms kick in.

A man wears a mask of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against rising fuel prices on Nov. 17 in Haulchin, France. (Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images)

Les Misérables vs. Macron

France’s angry nationwide protests are less like a revolution than a Tea Party—and that’s bad news for the government.

Demonstrators hold flags and chant slogans during a protest in front of the Istanbul courthouse in support of Turkish-German journalist Adil Demirci during his trial on Nov. 20. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The West Has Abandoned Liberals Like Me

As the United States and Europe debate the demise of global order, people in forgotten corners of the world are still risking their lives for freedom.