Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Quote of the Day (Mark Mazower, on ‘Complacency About American Democracy’)

“In fact if there is one good thing to come out of the current political uncertainty, it is that complacency about American democracy will be harder to sustain in future. Let us not worry overly about how to define a fascist: there are plenty of other nasty kinds of authoritarian regimes. It is the crisis of democracy that should concern us more. We know by now what can happen when the institutions of representative government become bitterly polarised, when large swathes of the electorate lose the capacity to compromise, when power and wealth pile up in the hands of elites and when those in charge of the state give up the challenge of responding to widespread economic hardship. History is not a one-way street and democracy has turned authoritarian before. Can it happen again? Why not?”— Columbia University historian Mark Mazower, “Fascism Revisited,” Financial Times, Apr. 14-15, 2018

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