Schadenfreudian pundits have repeatedly declared democracy to be declining. However, Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of 10 books including ‘Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress’, argues that it may be more resilient than we think.
Sławomir Dębski Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs adds that democracy is self-regulating; sometimes it must face a period of recession.
The time for global democratic correction is approaching, and democracy can again become attractive. To do so, it must respond to today’s global demand to combat corruption, which leads to inequality of political rights and limits the pursuit of prosperity, he writes for a recent Council on Foreign Relations symposium. Democracy’s glory days will return when it once again becomes the best instrument to fight this demon. Whether this renewal will start in 2020 is unclear, but the global anti-corruption campaign cannot start without the United States.
Read more about this perspective in Democracy Digest.