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Trump or Clinton, Brexit or Remain, Maduro or Guaido? Are both choices worse?

Trump or Clinton, Brexit or Remain, Maduro or Guaido? Are both choices worse?

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These days, popular media and political elites like to “big up” only wildly opposing alternatives. Thus, better alternatives rarely get an airing. When I read about the United Kingdom’s ongoing Brexit struggle, my first association is always with Stalin. Back in the late 1920s, the Georgian was asked by a journalist which deviation is worse, the rightist one (of Bukharin and company) or the leftist one (of Trotsky and associates), and he snapped back: “They are both worse!” Indeed, it’s a sad sign of our predicament that, when we are confronted with a political choice and must take a side, even if it is only the less-bad one, quite often the reply that imposes itself is: “But they are both bad!” This, of course, does not mean that both poles of the alternative simply amount to the same. In concrete situations, we should, for example, conditionally support the protests of Yellow Vests in France or make a tactical pact with liberals to block fundamentalist threats to our freedoms…
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