An Existential Crisis for Democracy

Source: Andrew O’Hehir in Salon, January 7

…In the cold dawn of 2017, liberal democracy faces a profound crisis, virtually everywhere it seemed to hold permanent sway. After Brexit, after Trump, after the resurgence of right-wing nationalism in almost every bland social democracy of Europe, who can doubt it?

Amid the murky unfolding tale of what Vladimir Putin did or didn’t do to undermine the 2016 presidential election – and the deeply bizarre spectacle of so-called conservatives rushing to embrace Assange and WikiLeaks, and so-called liberals rushing to embrace James Clapper and the CIA – what other terms could we use? The adjective “existential” has become journalistic jargon, thrown around to accentuate seriousness, but if this is not an existential crisis for democracy, I don’t know what one would look like….­­­­­­­­

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One response to “An Existential Crisis for Democracy

  1. The US, if it was ever a real democracy, morphed some years ago into a plutocracy. And now a kakistocracy.