In Defense of Democracy

The best defenders of even the narrow ideals of liberal democracy are not the elites who glorify them but the masses of people whom they so often distrust.

Illustration by Raúl Soria.

Democracy, they say, is in crisis. The Washington Post ran a Super Bowl advertisement to warn us that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Political scientists Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky have just published a book titled “How Democracies Die.” And Larry Diamond, éminence grise of the field, has diagnosed a global democratic recession. The Left, too, […]

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