A reply to Foa and Mounk (2017)

Note: I wrote this several months ago. It might as well live here.

Rejecting democracy or calling for change?

To the Editor:

In the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Democracy, Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk gave “warning signs” of democracy’s collapse (“The Signs of Deconsolidation,” pp. 5-15). They noted how one quarter of young Americans think democracy is a “bad” way to run a country, one quarter of all Americans want “a strong leader who does not have to bother with parliament or elections,” and 46 percent “either ‘never had’ or had ‘lost’ faith in U.S. democracy.” To be sure, these data points are alarming.

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