Liberalism

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Liberalism is the sum total of democracy, free markets, human rights and social responsibility.
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Supporters of Trump and Brexit think that liberalism should stop at the border.
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Capitalism is an engine of change.
 
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Capitalism  has produced better art and culture.
 
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Socioeconomic politics has been coupled to a fast changing and hence unpredictable data-driven technology.
Government no longer leads the country, but merely manages it.
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When people discovered/acknowledged ignorance, scientific road to progress opened.
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Nowadays thinkers, politicians and even economists want to replace GDP with GDH – gross domestic happiness. After all, production is only the means, not the end.

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China’s domestic politics is not liberal.
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China pretends to be liberal just to  invite free trade and international cooperation.
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Today’s Russia has no  political ideology. By manufacturing crises, an oligarchy survives here.

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Russia is one of the most unequal countries in the world.

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Liberalism seems to be the last resort to any social system.

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A toiling mob can at least exercise their worth ,if not heroism, via predictable local nationalist and religious tales. Uncertain scientific liberalism is alien to them. Without pampering science memes, politicians can’t fully politicize the story of liberalism .

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Human happiness depends less on objective conditions and more on subjective expectations.

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Donald Trump blended American isolationism with a promise to ‘Make America Great Again’.

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Nostalgic memes  associated with nations or religions are flaring in India, USA and UK. Without pampering science memes, politicians can’t fully politicize the story of liberalism .

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According to Obama, most humans never enjoyed greater peace or prosperity than they did under the twenty-first century liberalism.

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For the first time in history, infectious diseases kill fewer people than old age, famine kills fewer people than obesity, and violence kills fewer people than accidents.

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Liberalism reconciled the proletariat with the bourgeoisie, the faithful with the atheists, the natives with the immigrants, and the Europeans with the Asians by promising everybody a larger slice of the pie.

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Poltical liberalism prefers constitutional changes to revolution.

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Economical liberalism represents the  free competition in a self-regulating market.

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With a constantly growing pie,Liberalism can promise everybody a larger slice of the pie. It is an unfortunate paradox that the same unbriddled economic growth invites ecological and technological disruption.We need an updated story for the world.

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Political memes of futurity might incorporate artificial intelligence, Big Data algorithms and bioengineering into a new meaningful narrative.

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The prospect of mass unemployment leaves nobody indifferent.

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Masses suspect that most fashionable terms – globalisation, blockchain, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning are not about them.
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Though the liberal story was the story of ordinary people,  masses fear irrelevance.

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Our generation demands a firm ethical ground in an algorithm-dictated world suspecting all gods and social ideologies.

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After fascism and communism collapsed, now liberalism is losing credibility.
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The merger of infotech and biotech might oppose the welfare state ( a government that undertakes responsibility for the welfare of its citizens through programs in public health and public housing and pensions and unemployment compensation etc.).

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Mankinds are a story by nature. We think in stories rather than in facts, numbers or equations.
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To exist is to maintain a story. Before artificial intelligence and biotechnology fall in the invisible hand of the market we have to decide about the meaning of life to invent our story – our cultural shelter.

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Liberalism tells us to protect human rights, to grant everybody the vote, to establish free markets, and to let individuals, ideas and goods move throughout the world as easily as possible.

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Feudalism, monarchism and traditional religions were not suitable for steam engines, railroads and electricity. Humankind had to develop new models – liberal democracies, communist dictatorships and fascist regimes. The experiment is not yet over.

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The future economy might make us irrelevant even as consumers. Web page designers cater to the taste of the Google search algorithm rather than to the taste of any human being.

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Taking care of a child is the most important and challenging job in the world.
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The model of universal basic income focuses on providing for people’s basic needs and protecting their social status and self-worth.

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UBI ( universal basic income) proposes that governments tax the billionaires and corporations controlling the algorithms and robots, and use the money to provide every person with a generous stipend covering his or her basic needs. This will cushion the poor against job loss and economic dislocation, while protecting the rich from populist rage.

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Universal basic income is the capitalist paradise. Universal basic services  is the communist paradise.

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In politics, liberalism believes that the voter’s feelings matter most. In economics, liberalism maintains that the customer decides everything. In personal matters, liberalism encourages people to listen to themselves  while respecting the liberties of others.

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‘There is no such thing as society. There is [a] living tapestry of men and women … and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves.’ –

Thatcher (First woman prime minister)

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Democracy assumes that an illiterate maid also has free will, hence on election day her feelings – represented by her vote – count just as much as anybody else’s.

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Just as the ancient villagers of the Nile Basin redirected some of their loyalty from local clans to a much bigger kingdom that was able to restrain the dangerous river, so in the nuclear age a global community gradually developed over and above the various nations, because only such a community could restrain the nuclear demon.

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Our best scientific estimates indicate that unless we cut the emission of greenhouse gasses in the next twenty years, average global temperatures will increase by more than 2°C, 8 resulting in expanding deserts, disappearing ice caps, rising oceans and more frequent extreme weather events such as hurricanes and typhoons. These changes in turn will disrupt agricultural production, inundate cities, make much of the world uninhabitable, and send hundreds of millions of refugees in search of new homes. Since there is no national answer to the problem of global warming, some nationalist politicians prefer to believe the problem does not exist.

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Existing societies, even in the past,  were never  the right framework to manage the most important challenges of the age. …………………………………………

We now have a global ecology, a global economy and a global science – but we are still stuck with only national politics.

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Human power depends on mass cooperation and mass cooperation depends on manufacturing mass identities. So we should be proud of our species to have a united planet.
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Nuclear war, ecological collapse and technological disruption are global problems. But nationalism and religion still divide our human civilisation into different hostile camps.

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The collision between global problems and local identities besets the greatest multicultural experiment on the planet – the European Union.

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