The Enduring Resilience of Liberalism

The end of the Cold War (1991), with the collapse of the Soviet Union (USSR) at the time, constituted a global evolution by changing the course of history indicating for the first time since the end of the Second World War that the absolute but yet unique system of values and institutions on the planet are liberal democracy.

This finding is not done in an arbitrary way but is based on two important elements:

  1. The conversion of liberalism into a quasi-system of values.
  2. In the uniqueness of liberalism given the absence of a credible alternative state-rival vision that will create a new system of governance.

In this day and age many critics and unwelcomed analysts continually present repeating that liberalism, as the only functional ideological-political system and the winner of the Cold War, has reached its limits and it is only a matter of time before It delivers its place to the rising authoritarian-style capitalist system of governance which is mainly expressed by China.

The arguments of their positions are based on the continuous explosive image and at the same time a disturbance in the Middle East region, in the scattered presence of jihadists-islamists not only in this region but in less extent in the other countries of the West, the continued rise and the establishment of nationalist-authoritarian and populist governments in Eastern Europe, Russia and South America and, of course, the rise of China as a model of authoritarian capitalist type governance and in the climate change given that these analysts try to load indirectly the causes of the climate change in the functionality of the liberal democracy.

At the same time all these potential “gravediers”-analysts of liberalism are unaware that all this type of nationalist, authoritarian and populist regimes:

1. They cannot influence other countries or be exported to other countries than they exist as “hosts” in the societies of the countries that appear.

2. They shrink at a constant rate.

3. They use fake news by presenting a pseudo-type of democratic terminology and rhetoric, respectively, anticipating that with these methods, they will eventually gain the anticipated legitimacy of these regimes in the minds and consciousnesses of their peoples while persuading foreign countries.

This false-type democratic rhetoric boils down to the continued use of the term freedom, through the freedoms they claim to offer, presenting as the crowning of these freedoms the “democratic” elections they organise.

At the same time, the incredibly rapid development of a vast middle-class population throughout the Asian continent, enables all these Asian societies to understand that through the freedom and privileges it offers, they are driven the individual advancement through economic success.

This single finding is the greatest lesson in the liberal values that has ever been applied on a global scale, ignoring the potential that exists in these societies of any type of authoritarian state and party corresponding intervention.

On the other hand, this finding alone has strengthened liberal capitalism as the only system of work and production that has practical results in human societies.

The fact that even today the poor economic populations of Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America choose to emigrate to the countries of the West-the crowns of liberal democracy-and not to the countries that they are characterized by authoritarian-capitalist-type governance systems as the greatest proof of the size and influence of the system of liberal values at global level.

In terms of liberal ideology, it is obvious that in today’s time it does not have an ideological rival since the growing economic power but at the same time authoritarian-capitalist-type governance of China has made China fully incapable of articulating a different and rival doctrine towards liberal ideology.

China’s attempt to present as an adversary to the liberal ideology an ideological doctrine of its own with a form of modernised Confucius failed miserably.

The conclusion is that the liberal system of values and institutions, respectively, is a one-way street for the whole and the progress of mankind.

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