Russia’s Way Back

Liberalism’s Glorious Age of parliamentary democracy, nation building and national consolidation, free trade, and empire, of which Great Britain was the chief power and paramount symbol, reached a catastrophic close in 1914.  After 1945, liberalism in renovated form attempted to launch a modern Glorious Age dominated by the Pax Americana and the United Nations and committed to the principles of established national borders, anticolonialism and self-rule, economic globalism, militant democratism, and the campaign for “human rights.”  President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea denies, offends, transgresses against, or ignores—whether in act or in spirit—all of these things.  John O’Sullivan, writing in The Spectator, does not exaggerate in concluding that Putin’s actions bring “to an end the Pax Americana and the post-Cold War world that began in 1989 . . . ”

American conservatives witnessing the occupation and ravaging of their country and the broader civilization of which it is a part by the aggressions of postmodern, or advanced, liberalism may be forgiven for concluding that liberalism is an irresistible, unstoppable, inevitable, almost an immortal force.  While this may be so in the short run, it is absolutely untrue in the long term, although a certain familiarity with history is necessary to see why. ...

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