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The Future of Liberalism: The Year of Living Dangerously

For a certain kind of liberal, 2016 stands as a rebuke. If you believe in open economies and open societies, in which the free exchange of goods, capital, people and ideas is encouraged and in which universal freedoms are protected from state abuse by the rule of law, then this has been a year of setbacks—not only over Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, but also in the tragedy of Syria, abandoned to its suffering, and in the widespread support in Hungary, Poland and beyond for “illiberal democracy.”