Ukraine and the Evaporating Hyphen of Market-Democracy
Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, April 25, 2018. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1415-ukraine-and-the-evaporating-hyphen-of-market-democracy
6 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020 Last revised: 22 Jan 2021
Date Written: November 19, 2020
This post is part of the series Lessons for Liberalism from the “Illiberal East”
Information wars, fake news, kompromat: surprised Ukrainians have found their lexicon for foreign interference spread as loan-words across a putative new Cold War. Narratives of hegemony long familiar in Ukraine have metastasized, and their protagonists—troll hordes, political technologists, the Paul Manaforts and Victoria Nulands—have been set loose far beyond Ukrainian borders. For those who are anxious that liberalism is stumbling into traps laid by foreign intelligence, stuck trading off with fascism and socialism or otherwise in crisis, Ukraine’s recent history portends an ominous global future.
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