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Asia’s Youth In Revolt

Activists… more widely in East and Southeast Asia, see themselves connecting, in real-time, to share struggles against authoritarian regimes and the political manipulation that has constrained representative democracy in their countries. This pan-regional activist cooperation is known as the “Milk Tea Alliance”.

Read Here | The Diplomat

Why India No Longer Ranks Among The Lands Of The Free

Two recent reports on the health of global democracy make for dismal reading about India’s political trajectory. For the first time since the late 1990s, the pro-democracy nonprofit Freedom House downgraded India’s status from “Free” to “Partly Free,” on account of the country’s weakening protection of civil liberties. 

Read Here | Foreign Affairs

Is This How Greatness Ends?

Some of the American mystique has gone, even if the raw power remains. That is what makes the scenes in Washington more than simply pathetic—but important too.

Read Here | The Atlantic

The U.S. Struggle Proves That Democracy Is Priceless

The events in the United States demonstrated that democracies are self-correcting and resilient because they vest power in institutions, not in rulers. Rather than yield to the political violence of a fringe minority, representative institutions upheld the will of a majority of American voters.

Read Here |Foreign Affairs

China Is Gnawing At Democracy’s Roots Worldwide

China’s experience of the coronavirus pandemic has reaffirmed this assessment of faltering American global leadership, the failing capacities of the West to address the challenges of the new century, and the resilience of China’s socialist economy in comparison to capitalism; most importantly, they think it has also validated the superiority of their political system.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

How To Save Democracy From Technology

As convenient as their technology is, the emergence of such dominant corporations should ring alarm bells—not just because they hold so much economic power but also because they wield so much control over political communication. 

Read Here | Foreign Affairs

American Democracy’s Moment Of Truth

Even after four years, many Americans have yet to reckon fully with what Donald Trump’s presidency means for the country’s politics and long-term future. Even if Trump fails to win re-election, he and the party he now controls have led the United States into dangerous territory from which there is no clear exit.

Read Here | Project Syndicate

Thirty Glorious Years

How did western countries, in one quarter of the 20th century, manage to increase both equality and economic efficiency? Why did this virtuous combination ultimately fall apart by the end of the century? The answer lies in the awkward relationship between democracy and capitalism, the former founded on equal political rights, the latter tending to accentuate differences between citizens based on talent, luck or inherited advantage. 

Read Here | Aeon

The End Of Western Opportunism

For the past 50 years, the West has clung to the hope that modernization would automatically transform China into a capitalist liberal democracy. For decades, maintaining this illusion was good for the bottom line, but now the implications of China’s ascendancy have become disturbingly clear.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Countries Fail The Same Way Businesses Do, Gradually And Then Suddenly

When democratic values come under attack and the press and civil society are neutralised, the institutional safeguards lose their power. Under such conditions, the transgressions of those in power go unpunished or become normalised. The gradual erosion of checks and balances thus gives way to sudden institutional collapse.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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