9 September, 2022
Progressive Politics and Authoritarianism Abroad and at Home
About the Session
Russia’s invasion into Ukraine has exacerbated (and clarified) the dual challenge for Progressives: to embrace a just transition towards sustainability and to push back against increasing authoritarianism. Those who mistrust democratic institutions to begin with will be further alarmed by rising inflation and energy bottlenecks. Authoritarian leaders will use the crisis to deflect from ambitious climate policies. To succeed, progressive politics need to focus on key essentials for joining forces in times of crisis: mobilize a new generation to generate politics for change, strengthen coalitions abroad, delineate the substance of democratic institutions against authoritarianism, and define fair policies for a carbon-free future.