Progress in Eastern Europe, with Prof. Matthew Slaboch

Jakub Ferencik
5 min readFeb 20, 2023

This week, I had the great pleasure of being joined on my podcast, “Loosely Eastern Europe” with Prof. Matthew Slaboch from the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University and author of A Road to Nowhere: The Idea of Progress and Its Critics.

We talk about the human tendency to view society as a trend toward betterment and whether the same can be said about political progress.

Then we address the appeal of authoritarianism in post-communist countries and if populist…

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Jakub Ferencik

Journalist in Prague | Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views