Tonight I found myself in a Russian bar in downtown London drinking Baltika with Leningrad playing in the background. At some point during the festivities, I went outside to smoke and was escorted by the Russian chaperone, who also joined me for a cigarette. While we were out smoking, a large group of robed, peace-loving, hymn-singing Hare Krishnas passed by, handing us some pamphlets about their one true way. I found the whole thing deeply amusing. Then the Russian chaperone turned to me, smiled wryly, and said "I'd love to see them try this in Moscow." When I heard her say this, I simply burst out laughing. She was clearly implying that they would be beaten up. Suddenly I realised just how precarious and difficult liberalism really is. It's probably not going to work out in the long term.