The ideas have not a happy fate in the public space, which is full of concrete facts, though they are needed for giving to a country a kind of spiritual identity besides the more blurred one which is given by the geographical place. The ideas are needed for keeping together the citizens for a harmonious public life and for a common defense against external enemies, but this does not mean that the spiritual identity of a country has a real foundation.
A liberal society actually abandons any idea by living the people free to find and promote their own ideas in their concrete lives. If it still claims that its idea is the freedom itself, it allows that the people within it to disregard the authority of state in the name of that freedom. As a consequence, any attempt to suppress people’s rebellious claims for freedom cannot be motivated by the idea of freedom and therefore it seems to be a brute and brutal enforcement of authority.
The politicians generally do not dare to contradict people’s voices, because of their precarious condition of being elected by those citizens who are ready to sanction any enforcement of authority. So, the politicians and citizens of a liberal country interact through political decisions and public claims leaving aside any idea about the spiritual identity of their common country.
In such a void of ideas and ignorance of a spiritual identity of the country, any new idea supported by some citizens who disregard their freedom for it (be it a wrong or a dangerous idea) can easily gain a lot of adherents. Since the idea of freedom is practically eradicated in a liberal country, all the new born ideas are clearly contrary to the principles of universal freedom and highly authoritative. Moreover, the citizens can find in such ideas the spiritual identity which their country has lost. The growing of the religious fundamentalism in the liberal countries is a convincing example.
Only the powerful military and economical systems of the liberal countries make them to resist in spite of their inner enemies, as long as their weak politicians do not succeed in blocking their functioning. Otherwise, the authoritative regimes of conservative countries menace to gain supremacy in the actual world. All of them are full of ideas to which both the politicians and many other citizens adhere: communist and patriotic ideals in China, patriotic and religious ideals in Russia, or religious ideals in Islamic countries. Therefore, the liberal countries have to evaluate the costs of abandoning the ideas from the public life.