Liberalism Lost - 30 Years After the Fall of the Wall - RSA

Liberalism Lost - 30 Years After the Fall of the Wall

Public talks


The Great Room, RSA House

  • Economics and Finance
  • Social justice

WATCH LIVE using the embedded player, above, or on our YouTube channel

Watch this event live on the RSA Events Facebook page - 'like' or follow us for notifications!

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, why did the transformation of Eastern European countries give rise to a rejection of liberalism, not only in the East but also in the heartlands of the West?

In their new book The Light That Failed: A Reckoning, political scientists Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes describe the post-Cold War, new world order as the ‘Age of Imitation’ - a period of Western democratisation in which Eastern European values would be bent to fit a liberal fiscal, cultural and moral politics of ‘integration.’

Why did the attempt to help Eastern European countries reorganise their societies result in a rejection of liberal democratic principles? And what made Russia turn from being a potential ally to the West?

Join Ivan Krastev at the RSA as he explores why the ‘Age of Imitation’ failed to deliver prosperity, equality or national pride to the Eastern Bloc – and led to today’s crisis of liberalism in both the East and West. 

East and West.

Be the first to write a comment


Please login to post a comment or reply

Don't have an account? Click here to register.

Related events

  • How our social connections impact our economic mobility

    Online Webinar via Zoom

    Harvard economist Professor Raj Chetty and Lucy Makinson, Behavioural Insights Team discuss how connectivity, social cohesion and civic engagement can play a role in shaping income equality and economic opportunity.

  • When the Doughnut meets the city


    Visionary economist Kate Raworth gives the 2020 RSA President’s Lecture on shaping 21st century urban economies that balance the needs of people and the health of the planet.

  • Has the UK Reached Peak Inequality?

    Durham Street Auditorium, RSA House

    Academic and writer Danny Dorling argues that Britain has finally reached peak inequality, and immediate action is needed to defuse Britain’s ticking time bomb.