As the 2nd decade of the 21st century progressed, something unsettling was developing. Culture and politics in the Western world was becoming increasingly polarized. I mean, people have always been passionate about the causes they support, and that’s not a bad thing. Debates inevitably become heated sometimes. But what’s new is that there was a qualitative change in the way social debates proceeded. People became strongly polarized on two extremes on many hot button issues, and they increasingly believed they could and should do everything to win. No compromises, no principles, no civility. People stopped debating in good faith, and productive dialogue started to suffer.
In recent years, there has been a growing crisis within liberalism. It is losing its identity, its ideals, and perhaps its very reason for existence. We can see this from several different angles.