From the Americas to Europe and beyond, liberal democracies are in retreat. In their wake, authoritarian politicians and parties are entering the mainstream. According to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum, today’s strongmen and populists present a growing and seductive appeal to many in the West, especially to those who feel that democracy cannot offer security, opportunity, or certainty in an age of rapid change. This trend carries striking echoes of earlier periods of democratic reversal, reinforced by the power of the internet and social media. What will it take to re-instill faith in representative government and is there still time to save democracy?
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