illiberalism

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illiberal +‎ -ism

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illiberalism (countable and uncountable, plural illiberalisms)

  1. The principle, state or quality of being illiberal.
    • 2009 January 25, Timothy Garton Ash, “A Liberal Translation”, in New York Times[1]:
      As the Oxford political theorist Michael Freeden observed, if just one of the necessary components — for example, the free market — dominates, then the result can be illiberalism.
    • 2017 April, Andrew Sullivan, “The Reactionary Temptation”, in New York Magazine[2]:
      In the Netherlands, the anti-immigrant right became the second-most-popular vote-getter — a new high-water mark for illiberalism in that once famously liberal country.

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