Buchanan: Is Putin Right? Has Liberalism Lost the World?

Putin sees social excesses of multiculturalism, secularism as failure of liberalism

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“The liberal idea has become obsolete. … (Liberals) cannot simply dictate anything to anyone as they have been attempting to do over the recent decades.”

Such was the confident claim of Vladimir Putin to the Financial Times on the eve of a G-20 gathering that appeared to validate his thesis.

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Consider who commanded all the attention at the Osaka summit.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that liberalism has “outlived its purpose” and that multiculturalism is “no longer tenable.”