Speaking of cognitive dissonance, this article is filled to the brim with it. Strenger recognizes that there is no credible left -- and even acknowledges that the old left-center parties, such as Labor, or trying to rebrand themselves as part of a right-center bloc -- but yet insists that somehow they will act to balance out illiberal legislation from the right. Reality simply does not align with such a view: in truth, the right-center bloc will continue to be pulled even further rightward, as Strenger unwittingly acknowledges. They will not, therefore, be able to act as a safeguard of liberal values. Quite the contrary. The view espouses by Strenger is as much a fantasy and a product of cognitive dissonance as anything else he writes. Strenger: time to wake up and smell the (fascist) roses in bloom! This ain't no liberal democracy.
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