作者：Ivan Krastev, Stephen Holmes
While Americans hoist their flag high, Chinese usually work hard to stay invisible, aiming to keep their light under a bushel so long as the surrounding world is dominated by non-Chinese.
P199 / 2020-07-23 21:55
The coming confrontation between China and the US will no doubt reshape the international order in important and dangerous ways. But it remains misleading to see ‘a new economic Cold War’ as a rerun of the original, ideology-obsessed Cold War. This conflict may turn out to be explosively emotional rather than coolly rational on both sides. But it will not be ideological. It will involve instead, bitter struggles over trade, investment, currency and technology, as well as international prestige and influence.
P197 / 2020-07-23 13:21
Exporting made-in-China goods is a priority. Exporting Chinese ideology is not. What this means is that we are not about to embark on a New Cold War and that the current Chinese threat to the West will be unlike the Soviet threat in several fundamental respects.
P196 / 2020-07-23 13:15
As Amin Maalouf has written, “It will always be a serious handicap not to know English, but it will also, more and more, be a serious handicap to know English only.”
P154 / 2020-07-19 15:30
The global spread of democracy signals not the liberation of the enlightened masses from elite domination but the manipulation of the masses by dark forces operating behind the scenes. His efforts have been abetted by radically changing perceptions of the role of social media in politics. If, in the initial euphoric days of the Arab Spring, social media were seen as ‘liberation technologies’ and Facebook, Google and Twitter were signs of the coming democratic future of the world, these same social media are now universally associated with post-truth fragmentation, polarization and the coming end of democracy.
P134 / 2020-07-17 10:48
By clothing its own violent actions in an idealistic rhetoric borrowed verbatim from the US, Moscow aims to unmask the Age of Imitation as an Age of West- ern Hypocrisy. Vaunted Western values, such as the self-determination peoples, are simply Western interests in disguise.
P125 / 2020-07-17 10:07
Political marketing is premised on the insight that sellers can keep the attention of buyers only if the former occasionally offer products that are new or at least repackaged to look new. “People vote for the spectacle, no for the routine,” remarked French marketing guru Jacques Seguela: “All elections are dramaturgical.”
P102 / 2020-07-14 11:07
The Americans justified “interfering in the internal affairs of other countries” by invoking the worldwide desirability and imitability of their own political and economic system. While lecturing the world about human rights, democracy and other lofty values, Western leaders were all the while pursuing their own countries’ selfish geopolitical interests.
P81 / 2020-07-04 17:01
Putin accuses the United States of “globally destabilization” and blatant “disdain for international law”. America’s bid to be the world’s “one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making”, dictating permissible behaviour to other countries, had scandalously backfired.
P81 / 2020-07-04 16:58
A characteristic example of the Kremlin’s anti-Western (as opposed to pseudo-Westernizing) resort to mimicry is the way Russian trolls, in the American presidential campaign of 2016, pretended to be Americans online in order to sow confusion, boost Trump’s chances and divide the country against itself.
P78 / 2020-07-04 16:47
“There is something deeply ironic,” as Thomas Bagger observed, about the fact “that from the life-changing experience of an entirely unexpected, non-linear event like the end of the Cold War”, the West “has derived a thoroughly linear expectation of the future”.
P78 / 2020-04-26 10:24
the imitator’s life inescapably mixes feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, dependency, lost identity and voluntary insincerity.
P71 / 2020-03-28 22:41
Liberalism’s justification of economic inequality by prettying up the myth of meritocracy, moreover, masks the central role of luck in the arbitrary distribution of wealth in society, a masking which is humiliating for the losers of the economic lottery because it encourages the winners to attribute their success to superior talent and greater personal effort.
P66 / 2020-03-28 16:14
Liberals are so blasé about immigration because they divorce citizenship from ethic descent and replace the ideals of substantive justice and the public good with bland and abstract notions of procedural justice, the rule of law and individual utility.
P65 / 2020-03-28 15:42
Liberals are basically indifferent to the history and fate of the nation.
P65 / 2020-03-28 15:39
One-time adherents who have lost their former faith know the enemy well and have strong personal motives for discrediting and defeating the ideology they once so ardently espoused.
P62 / 2020-03-28 14:54
The great French political philosopher and sociologist Raymond Aron presciently observes five decades ago that “with humanity on the way to unification, inequality between peoples takes on the significance that inequality between classes once had.”
P35 / 2020-03-04 14:19
Some commentators have claimed that 1989, by eliminating the Cold War competition between rival universal ideologies, fatally damaged the Enlightenment project itself, in its liberal as well as communist incarnation.
P18 / 2020-03-02 19:01
The capitalist future had arrived, but its benefits and burdens were unevenly, even crassly distributed. After reminding us that “For World War II generation in Eastern Europe, communism was the ‘god that failed’”, Feffer hits upon the thesis this chapter aims to explore: “For the current generation in the region, liberalism is the god that failed.”
P20 / 2020-03-02 18:58
Confidence that the political economy of the West was a model for the future of mankind had been linked to the belief that Western elites knew what they were doing. Suddenly it was obviously that they didn’t.
P21 / 2020-03-02 18:47
Mirroring is a way for erstwhile imitators to avenge themselves on their would-be models by revealing the latter’s unattractive defects and irksome hypocrisy.
P15 / 2020-03-01 21:40
(Gabriel Tarde) even reffed to “contagious imitation” as a kind of “somnambulism”, meaning that human beings copy each other spontaneously, without any strategic purpose or plan, as in copycat crimes, and without being forced or compelled in any way.
P8 / 2020-03-01 14:14
Attempts to salvage the good name of liberal democracy by contrasting it favorably with non-Western autocracy have been undercut by the feckless violation of liberal norms, as in the torture of prisoners and the evident malfunctioning of democratic institutions inside the West itself.
P2 / 2020-03-01 14:10
The lack of a plausible alternative to liberal democracy became a stimulus to revolt because, at some elemental level, “human beings need choice, even just the illusion of it”.
P5 / 2020-03-01 11:42