I don’t want to be a buzzkill during the holiday season. This column ends on a joyful note, I promise. But as 2017 draws to a close, there is a dire truth we must confront. Democracy is under severe pressure world-wide.
Democracy is in retreat, even in places where it has been around long enough to take for granted, and that’s part of the problem.
Democracy is in bad odor in much of the world in 2017. People have lost faith and who can blame them? Democracy has proven ineffective at defending them against devastating income and power inequalities.