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How Democracies Die What History Reveals About Our FutureLonger ends with a bang in a revolution or military coup but with a whimper the slow steady weakening of critical institutions such as the judiciary and the press and the gradual erosion of long standing political norms The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism The bad news This book delivers autopsies of various democracies from 30000 feet Hitler Hugo Chavez Pinochet Trump somehow all get blended into this survey So the bulk of the book works as an introductory history course That's fine but the rise of Hitler for example is old information What I am looking for at this point is what to do to save democracy I was disappointed by what the authors eventually conclude For example they have a long list of things that the leaders of the Republican Party must do to weed out Trumpish candidates I don't know how must do lists for leaders change anything and I don't even know if I agree with the prescription Registered Republicans wanted Trump and they got Trump so the democratic system worked as far as that goes Do the authors condone the shady shenanigans of the Democratic Party leadership in 2016 when it was taken over by Hillary Clinton long before she won the primaries? Hacks The Inside Story of the Break ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White HouseTrump is just a symptom of a syndrome that this autopsy is missing The following offer better diagnoses of the deeper disorder For a illuminating book about the current political mess For digging into Hitler I still like For a better factual understanding of what is going right in the world in the present

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Book Û How Democracies Die What History Reveals About Our Future 320 pages ´ Steven levitsky ´ ➽ [Download] ➺ How Democracies Die What History Reveals About Our Future By Steven Levitsky ➸ – Donald Trump's presidency has raised a uestiIs that by electing Trump we have already passed the first oneDrawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary Turkey and Venezuela to the American South during Jim Crow Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die and how ours can be save I found this book fascinating Ziblatt and Levitsky are respected scholars in the field of democracy studies They teach at Harvard UniversityThe book is well written and researched It is written in an easy to read style that is easy for the lay person to follow The first part of the book reviewed how democracies around the world have fallen to authoritarian regimes over the years The authors explain three key important elements vital to a democracy and then go into detail about each country and whether one or all elements were involved in its demise The authors also have revealed in detail how some countries have over thrown the authoritarian regime and returned to a democracy even stronger than before I found the method used in Chile to return to a democracy most interesting The last part of the book examines the United States and examines attacks on our democracy and how they were successfully repelled The authors examine in depth the first year of Trump’s administration Levitsky and Ziblatt show how a democracy fails and most important what can be done to protect the democracy From reading this book one thing that I was struck with is how critical it is to maintaining our democracy to solve our race problem The book is written in a neutral academic method This book is a must read for everyone living in a democracy I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible It is such an important reference book I am going to purchase a hardback edition The book is almost eight and a half hours Fred Sanders does an excellent job narrating the book Sanders is an actor and well known audiobook narrator He has a smooth reading style that is easy to listen too

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Donald Trump's presidency has raised a uestion that many of us never thought we'd be asking Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America and they believe the answer is yes Democracy no This is a well researched analysis of the factors leading to the death of democracies the signs of the rise of authoritarianism and the threats to the checks and balances that were supposed to prevent the election of demagogues It outlines strategies employed by elected authoritarians to consolidate their control capture the referees sideline the key players and rewrite the rules to tilt the playing field The authors demonstrate how Trump has attempted to employ each of these tactics The fact that we have tolerated this is evidence that we have defined deviancy down and accepted the unpardonable a fundamental erosion of norms The book was informative about the fall of democracies in other countries and would have been merely interesting to read were it not for the Trump election Now it's not just interesting it's painful to read This wasn't supposed to be able to happen here Frankly I have little hope for us when one party is controlled by self dealing unprincipled greedy hypocritical xenophobic short sighted anti intellectual cowardly mean spirited racist and win at all costs members I could add adjectives but you get the idea It's a party of people making their last stand as the ruling class and I don't see them compromising even if it means destroying democracy in the process The breakdown of democracy is gradual and can still be prevented However even if the authoritarian slide doesn't totally destroy democracy the authors and I fear that it will leave it severely weakened Also there is the danger that we are just one security crisis away from having no checks applied to Trump at all At least the authors do suggest some solutions