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A growing number of key countries are experiencing not elections, but plebiscites on liberal democracy – plebiscites decided by the votes of those who have lost out from liberal democracy. In the United States, Donald Trump's election as president is a punishment to an establishment that disregarded the demands of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests.The However those votes turn out, Brexit and Trump prove that liberal democracy has ceased to be the canon of Western politics. Eastern Europe has never benefited when political conditions in the West have deteriorated.Of course, nobody – not even Trump himself – knows if he will keep his campaign promises.Trump is not wrong about one thing: America cannot afford to promote democracy abroad. The U.S. would be better served by speaking not in the name of global interests, only its own, and ceasing to push democracy around the world.The EU is just as wealthy as the U.S. on the whole, and yet it has no army, and depends entirely on the U.S. for its defense.Sadly, as Trump's election indicates all too clearly, illiberal idiocy is steadily replacing liberal democracy as the ruling doctrine of Western – and Polish – politics today.
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