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Can America Be Great Again?
GOP presidential candidate is fond of saying that he will make America great again. While not examining the real estate mogul’s capacity to do that job, Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf hosts a podcast asking that question.

His guests are: Rosa Brooks, an international law, national security, and constitutional law professor at Georgetown University; Kori Schake, research fellow at the Hoover Institution; and Robert Kagan, a historian and author.

Democracy In Recession
Beginning in 2006 the state of civil society has slowed to a halt and while the number of democratic nations has not decreased, Hoover Institution scholar Larry Diamond charts the last forty years during which democracy has fallen  into an extended period of recession.

Another op-ed in The New York Times echoes Diamond’s assertion that the citizens of the world are growing more disillusioned with democracy.

“In countries from the United States to Sweden, and from the Netherlands to Japan, citizens over the last three decades have become less likely to endorse the importance of democracy; less likely to express trust in democratic institutions; and less likely to reject nondemocratic alternatives,” write Roberto Foa, a doctoral candidate in government at Harvard University, and Yascha Mounk, a lecturer in political theory at Harvard University.

The dissatisfaction, they argue, “raises a question that would have seemed strange, even preposterous, to us until we started to embark on our current research: Could the political system in seemingly stable democracies like the United States be less imperturbable than meets the eye?”

 

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