12.C What a coincidence!

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The Copycat Mind

There is no doubt that men like Robespierre are created by such moments of humiliation.

Stendhal

‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.’ This opening line of Kafka’s Metamorphosis might as well be describing the astonishment felt by Western liberals when they opened their eyes, sometime around 2015, to discover that once-celebrated new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe had been transformed into conspiracy-minded majoritarian regimes where the political opposition was demonized, non-government media, civil society and independent courts were denuded of their influence, and sovereignty was defined as the leadership’s determination to resist any and all pressure to conform to Western ideals of political pluralism, government transparency and tolerance for strangers, dissidents and minorities. […]

— olvasom tegnap este itt.