In Memoriam Leonidas Donskis

“We live in times of fear, which is a very precious political commodity, exploited by populists. Populism is the translation of fear into public policy. […] The main legacy of the French Enlightenment is tolerance, compassion and human rights, which form the bedrock of democracy. As these are now increasingly under threat, it is crucial to defend the humanist legacy, not to be blinded by fear and paranoid thinking. Protecting Europe, democracy and human rights is a major challenge for the 21st century.” Mourning the loss of Leonidas Donskis, Lithuanian philosopher and passionate European, who died of a heart attack yesterday, aged 54, remembering his words he said last November, at Central European Forum in Bratislava.

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