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Just a few years ago, basking in the victory of Donald Trump, Brexit and various shades of nationalist nastiness in Europe, Vladimir Putin gave a provocative interview. ‘The liberal idea,’ Putin told the Financial Times in 2019, had ‘outlived its purpose.’ In 2021, the mood has begun to change with a raging demagogue evicted from the White House, but liberal democracy is not out of the woods yet.

To kick off the post-Trump era in the pages of Prospect magazine, Timothy Garton Ash painted a panoramic of where freedom and its opposite stand in the world today, where liberalism has gone awry – and how it can reset. There is no more urgent question for our times and there is a pressing need for a thinker and a magazine with an ability to join the dots.

We’re partnering with Prospect – the UK’s leading current affairs, culture and ideas monthly – in our Democracy and Freedom of Expression series.

As a special offer for the Bristol Ideas audience, Prospect is offering you the chance to try three issues of the magazine – plus full website and app access – for just £1. And when you start a trial, Prospect will even send you a free copy of Garton Ash’s book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World.

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