Monday, April 09, 2018

Book: Steven Levitsky And Daniel Ziblatt's "How Democracies Die"

I saw Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt's "How Democracies Die" on one of my regular Sunday morning news shows and I thought I'd take a look.

The book analyzes several examples of Democracies who have transitioned to authoritarian governments and compares these example with what is currently happening in the United States.

As I read this book and considered the examples of pre-WWII Italy and Germany, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, and Argentina (among others) it was obvious America is on there path to authoritarianism.  The similarities were striking and a bit disconcerting if not frightening.

The authors alternated between historical examples and current events.  I wish the authors had provided more in depth analysis of the dying democracies and limited the comparisons to one or two chapters.  There was not enough historical analysis and too much scaremongering.

Despite this, I still gave it four out of five stars on Goodreads.  There is a strong suggestion, based on history, that American democracy is in danger of joining the list of failed democracies.

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