In 1945, the world had very few democracies. Millions of people across the free world had just fought and died to hold back a bloody tide of totalitarianism; standing in the bombed-out ruins of Western civilisation, my grandparents’ generation, frequently called the Greatest Generation, set out to rebuild the institutions of democracy where they had been destroyed and spread the gospel of democracy to countries where it was lacking. It believed the world needed democracy and that democracy could fix the world.
Fast-forward to 2015 and we find that democracy is in trouble again, this time from within. A sense of malaise has rolled in like a grey mist across America, indeed across much of the West, as the average citizen’s belief in the democratic process, and the belief that they can affect change through it, has diminished. Once heralded as the panacea to many perennial problems, democracy has failed to take root in many parts of the world. Worse, it has become dysfunctional at home. Despite the ideal of rule by the people, American democracy has not delivered on its promise, as government seems to many to be rule by the wealthy, in a game rigged by the wealthy.
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