The Hungarian Europe Society organizes an international conference with various experts from CEE countries. The conference is called The Renewal of Liberal Democracy: Vision, Strategy, Competition, Parties and Civil Society and will be provided in a hybrid form.
In this episode, Leszek Jażdżewski talks with Maciej Kuziemski about the recent takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, its implications for liberal democracies, and the future of social media.
After a promising start the Hungarian political system could not turn into a liberal democracy. It is not a special occurrence, in some other “third wave countries” democratization slowed down or stopped as well. The democracy crisis has many reasons: fragmented political culture, economic problems, problematic challenges to fundamental rights.
This article shall serve as a cautionary tale about the fact that if liberal democracy collapses, even liberally-minded people may dismiss democracy and promote liberty-oriented meritocracy, which would cut off numerous citizens from politics – sometimes, for their own good.