The unmaking of the liberal revolution

Ivan Krastev in a talk with Eric Frey at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017

The international liberal order is dead, although it has not yet been buried. Its demise has been accompanied by the rise of strong men, the rollback of liberal-humanitarian values, and the return of the language of total victory. How and why has this happened?

On 24 September 2017, Ivan Krastev, Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM), and author of After Europe (2017), reflected on the unraveling of the liberal order in a conversation with Eric Frey, Der Standard. Watch the full debate:


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Vienna Humanities Festival

The Vienna Humanities Festival, organised by the IWM, Wien Museum and Time to Talk, is a series of around 40 Events (in German and English) which took place from 22 till 24 September 2017 for the second time at the Wien Museum, TU Wien, Evangelische Volksschule and Radiokulturhaus.

The topic of 2017 “Revolution!” ranged from Russia in 1917, the 1968 movement and the Fall in 1989, to the most recent upheavals in the Arab countries and in the Ukraine.

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“Time to rethink growth”

“It’s elites who turn against democracy, not the people.”

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“Time to rethink growth”

“Justice cannot wait.”

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