This is How Western Liberal Democracy Dies

Let me engage in hyperbole for a change — and let fears rather than facts guide my judgment.

It was a good run, wasn’t it? A few centuries or so — or perhaps about 75 years if we count only since the end of WWII. And a splendid run it was, lifting so many people out of poverty, improving every part of life for so many people.

All good things must come to an end, and many are we feeble intellectuals who have called the end of <whatever>. Progress-minded optimists like myself shouldn’t despair, but sometimes we inevitably do: and we…