Populists beware: Liberalism can also be a fighting creed

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect, the United States ceased its economic embargo on Vietnam after two bitter decades and pop star Madonna swore like a sailor on David Letterman's show without sinking either her career or his.

Such was the belle epoque of liberalism. We can only imagine how much kinder people were to outsiders than they are now.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2019, with the headline 'Populists beware: Liberalism can also be a fighting creed'. Print Edition | Subscribe