The Liberal International Order Is Dead

Here is a debate between Niall Ferguson and Fareed Zakaria on whether or not the liberal international order is dead. Ferguson argues the affirmative. The post-WWII globalist vision of FDR and company, complete with international institutions such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, etc., is a dead vision. The attempt to create the universal man stripped of nationalism and motivated by boundary and cultural markers is now gone, so Ferguson argues. Replacing it is surging democratic populism with its confident cultural identity.

Ferguson is not arguing that it should be this way but that it is now this way. Recognizing this new world is essential to the political management of our crises. This is a most important debate.

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