Twenty years ago this month, Hong Kong embodied the hopes and dreams of an emerging liberal century. The United Kingdom handed control of the island back to China, marking the end of centuries of colonialism in East Asia. Economies were opening up across the region, as Hong Kong and the economies of the other Four Asian Tigers transformed from agricultural backwaters into post-industrial economic powerhouses thanks to economic liberalization. Even China, the largest lingering communist state, seemed to be opening up following Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s sweeping economic reforms in the 1980s. Yet two decades into the unhappy marriage of China and Hong Kong, the upstart island city has moved from being an exemplar of liberalism into a victim of China’s refusal to reform.
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It’s been half a year since I moved from Moscow to Kiev. I was a journalist for independent media in Russia, a member of a Moscow local council, and a civil rights activist. All those activities have become taboo — the Kremlin calls us “national traitors” on Russian TV, and many people believe it.
But as Putin’s neo-stalinism continues to infect Russian society, Ukraine is becoming more liberal. And we have Putin’s invasion partly to thank for it.
My grandparents live in Pavlograd, a small mining town in eastern Ukraine. I’ve visited them almost every year since my birth, and things there were always the same. The people spoke Russian, watched Russian TV, and sympathized with our common past. But now there is only an empty pedestal in the center of the town, where a Lenin monument used to stand. In the museum of local history, there is an exhibition devoted the Kyiv Euromaidan revolution, and the local volunteers who have defended eastern Ukraine.
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On Sunday, Rolling Stone published a report authored by scholars at the Columbia School of Journalism about the magazine’s repeated failings with regard to its notorious University of Virginia rape article.
Since the report was published, an array of commenters have lamented the supposed death of journalistic standards in the Internet age. What they should really be worrying about is something even scarier — the death of liberalism itself.
By “liberalism,” I do not mean American liberalism (or progressivism, as it is more accurately dubbed), but rather liberalism in the classical sense. That is, the system of free speech, property rights, and the rule of law that serves as the foundation of Western society. The fact that Sabrina Rubin Erdely could print such a libelous article without a peep of inquiry from Rolling Stone’s editors, and the article could cause such a frenzy so as to suspend fraternity life at UVA without a disciplinary hearing, points to an even deeper cancer than one of journalism.
Due process is under threat at modern American universities, as is evident in the case of sexual assault. Instead of respecting law enforcement’s responsibility to investigate, try, and punish actual rapists, universities instead opt to hold such hearings in kangaroo courts in the form of disciplinary hearings — where the burden of proof is almost always lower than that of actual criminal courts.
As such, it boggles the mind to think of all the former students who have been expelled and had their professional lives ruined because of a false rape accusation that their university, and not a court of law, deemed to be true.
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