How Democracies Die- Daniel Ziblatt
February 4, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am$20
- Is our Democracy in danger of failing?
- What are the main reasons for the weakening of our Democracy?
- What can leaders do to strengthen the U.S. democratic rule of law?
Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought Americans would be asking: Is our Democracy in danger? Harvard professor Daniel Ziblatt has spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America and believes the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.
Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky shows how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.