The liberal story says that humankind is inevitably marching towards a global society of free markets and democratic politics. Those who willingly join the march of history by opening their borders and liberalising their markets and politics will be rewarded with peace and prosperity. Those who refuse to liberalise and globalise are doomed to failure. However, since the global financial crisis of 2008, people all over the world have become increasingly disillusioned with the liberal story. Whereas a few years ago Americans and Europeans were still trying to liberalise Iraq and Libya at the point of the gun, they now have second thoughts even about American democracy and European identity. More and more Americans and Europeans are convinced that liberalisation and globalisation are a huge fraud that serves the interests of a tiny elite at the expense of the masses.Exactly right. Because he's using Euro terminology he misses one USA STRONG detail. Both of our brands adopted globalism as The Only Possible Agenda. The R brand called it Conservatism and the D brand called it Liberalism. This enabled both brands to run their Symmetrical Scapegoating routine, attributing failures of globalism to the OTHER brand. If only WE can get into office and run the same evil under OUR brand, everything will be fine.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.