You characterise the current world situation as a systemic conflict between “fragile western democracies” and “totalitarian” Russian and China. That’s exactly what we were told during the Cold War, from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. (It became more compllicated after Nixon's trip to Beijing.) And I’m wondering whether you think western Cold Warriors got it right back then, when they championed Chiang Kaishek’s “Free China” against “Red China”? Or do you think that the narrative of democracy versus totalitarianism was wrong in those days, but is correct today?


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