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Krastev I 41
Utopia/Krastev/Holmes: (...)the ordinary pace of social evolution has today been greatly
Krastev I 42
accelerated by technological innovation. And every resulting change in Western society yields a new image of what is normal for those who identify normality with life in the West. A revolution in the name of existing Western normality, therefore, faces a problem absent from revolutions in the name of some imagined utopia. It becomes impossible to fix or pin down the vision of society one is trying to recreate. This dilemma is especially acute for post-communist societies. That is because the West that the dissidents urged their fellow citizens to imitate in 1989 no longer exists today, three decades later. Their model society was the globally dominant and adamantly anti-communist West of the Cold War. But the very process that allowed the countries of Central and Eastern Europe to join the anti-communist West ensured that anti-communism would no longer be the West’s defining ideology.


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LawHolm I
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The Common Law Mineola, NY 1991

Krastev I
Ivan Krastev
Stephen Holmes
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019


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