Russian President Vladimir Putin made headlines recently when he loudly and proudly declared that liberalism is, in his words, obsolete.

He would have been roundly ridiculed if he had said this at the end of the Cold War 30 years ago. However, the fact that this remark created anxious, hand-wringing defensiveness on the part of Western liberal democrats illustrates how far democratic liberalism has fallen as an ideology since its heyday.

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