Francis Fukuyama is still pointing out all the ways illiberal regimes fail to keep their promises. But look around you.
Speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser in 2008, Barack Obama sought to explain the reluctance of working-class Pennsylvanians to rally to his cause. “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and … the jobs have been gone now for 25 years, and nothing’s replaced them.”
Russia’s ’special operation’ in Ukraine could be considered the first of many battles to keep the crass ideology of the West far from Russian borders.
I think the principle can be generalized. We have forgotten what it takes to maintain a resilient civilization. You know my line on this, so I’m not going to go into it again.