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In episode 523 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta delves into the controversy surrounding the Harper's Magazine letter, NYT editor Bari Weiss' resignation & growing trend of cancel culture.
Pseudo seculars have greatly damaged India’s liberal character. But they have been made irrelevant. And politicians don’t care about secular ideologies.
Across the world in countries like Venezuela, Poland, Hungary, Russia, legal autocrats have deployed the rhetoric of democracy and methods of law. People don't see the danger until it is too late.
Some liberals lost Gandhi because he was a democrat, who refused to surrender the individual to the mob in the name of majority rule.
Delivering a lecture, PB Mehta outlines reasons why a sense of deep intellectual and political exhaustion about liberalism seems to be setting in.
The two liberalisms - one offering genuine human freedom, the other entrapping humans in ruthless market mechanisms - are fundamentally in conflict.
Russian president Putin is wrong to say that populism signals the end of liberalism. Instead, it confirms all that is best in liberalism.
To be liberal, you had to be Left. ‘Outsiders’ were rejected. Modi has embraced them and now enjoys power that no Indian PM has since Indira in 1971.
Mahatma Gandhi was one of the critics of liberalism. He saw it collapsing in the West into demagogic, racist and authoritarian regimes.
After facing severe backlash for inviting Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former adviser, to the New Yorker literary festival, the magazine dropped him. Many argue that by doing so the magazine is only giving the far-Right a stick to beat it with. ThePrint asks- Steve Bannon-New Yorker episode: Is engaging with those you abhor appeasement or liberalism? Though disturbing, Bannon’s views should be heard and challenged Ashutosh Varshney Professor of Political Science, Brown University Steve Bannon was first invited to the New Yorker festival and then dropped. What was the New Yorker afraid of? According to the basic principles of liberalism, one should not only hear dissenting views, but also consciously seek them. Support for the first argument is often drawn from Voltaire’s famous statement: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” And the second argument rests on the belief that if we hear dissenting views,...
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