Democracy and its Discontents

Donald Trump’s foray into American democracy could very well be compared with a computer being hacked; a virus navigating its way through social media on a mission to corrupt the Constitution. But the recent phenomenon of trumpism is not the result of a one-man effort.

It is hard to not be astonished by the number of heads of state and government who have recently seized power by manipulating the rules of democracy. In Eastern Europe, no one could have been blamed for expecting the rule of law to be triumphantly instated following the 1991 fall of the USSR. Unfortunately, we have instead inherited Vladimir Putin, who makes us pine of the days of Boris Yeltsin, and Victor Orban, a classical liberal from the communist era who is now looking fondly back at Hungary’s fascist past. In Poland, an exemplary land of solidarity, the Law and Justice party is trying to introduce a reactionary theocracy while rewriting their national history in a similar way to the Bolsheviks. As for the Middle East, Turkey could have developed and enlightened the Muslim world, but instead is returning


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