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By Robert A. Vella
As humankind marches relentlessly towards a profoundly uncertain future, there’s one political change most everyone agrees is likely to happen in the 21st century – the ultimate death of democracy. Some insist that democracy was never a good idea, and that allowing ordinary people a voice in governance was foolhardy. Some believe that democracy has outlived it usefulness, and that it is now insufficiently responsive to an increasingly complex world. Even some supporters freely admit that the forces arrayed against democracy have become too powerful to resist.
Putting aside the value and effectiveness of democracy for a moment (we’ll get back to it later on in this post), let’s examine the four main challengers to democracy and their distinct motivations:
CONSERVATISM. The philosophies of laissez-faire capitalism, Christian fundamentalism, and white nationalism, have coalesced into a generally unified political ideology throughout western societies…
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