What happened at the U.S. Capitol back on January 6 2021 put a spotlight on democracy and what it’s all about. And it also raised concerns about the future of democracy.
And now a debate is emerging on whether the U. S. should spend billions of dollars to protect a democracy, with Ron DeSantis’ comments about Ukraine not being a vital interest of the U.S.
And that’s why a new study about how democracies are doing around the world is worth noting.
The study says that for the first time in 20 years there are now more closed autocracies than liberal democracies among countries around the world. And that the world hasn’t been this anti-democratic in more than 35 years. This study found that 72 percent of the world’s population, 5.7 billion people, live under authoritarian rule.
The only good news in the study is that are a few countries, that have begun to move from an autocratic form of government to a return to democracy.
So what’s the takeaway? With our nation’s founders having fought for and won democracy for the United States which has been and still is the leader of the free world, promoting democracies is part of our history and our future.
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