After the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, many scholars and pundits confidently predicted the triumph of liberal democracy around the globe. As we approach the thirtieth anniversary of that momentous event, confidence in that prediction has waned, if not altogether ceased. The defeat of Soviet Communism has coincided with an increasing anxiety and skepticism in the West about the viability, and desirability, of liberalism, and liberal democracy appears to be in retreat.
Much of that anxiety and skepticism have come from within the ranks of conservatism. Some conservatives argue that liberalism contains the seeds of its own destruction and is deeply contrary to conservatism. Other conservatives argue that conservatism involves the defense of at least some forms of liberalism and opposition to others.