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The real threat to liberal democracy isn’t the right. It’s the ideological vacuum at its own heart

It is the hollowed-out condition of the “mainstream” parties which allows the shrill, noisy and wealthy to dominate. In 2020, we should repoliticise politics

By Cas Mudde   Winter Special

The rise of the right has been enabled by a crisis in liberal democracy. Photo: Prospect composite

For the past decade, mainstream politicians across the world have struggled to cope with the far right. But so far, too much of that battle has been against the nativists rather than for liberal democracy.

It is high time to develop coherent and comprehensive liberal democratic responses to both the anti-political politics of technocracy and the über-political politics of populism. While most political traditions bowed to the gods of “the market” in…

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