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Health Check on Democracy

Where is democracy after the Capitol Insurrection.

Where is democracy after the Capitol Insurrection.

The answer to this is being debated, does an insurrection at the beacon of democracy spell the decline of the political system, or does it reignite all people admire of the system of governance, and help people get back to a non-combative way of life.

If recent events after the riots tell us anything, it is that democracy is not sheltering and dying in front of a global audience. The Impeachment trial is to begin shortly after bi-partisan support for the action, and leaders around the world spoke up and condemned any activity which undermined the most open political governance system the world has seen to date.

However, yet to be seen is the effect this has on countries the United State has typically been in a tug-of-war battle for the past decades. Most notably China, Russia, and Iran immediately used the crisis to comment on the fragility of democracy, and in essence use it as an occasion to seed new communication that the Unites States is indeed a hypocritical nation on the world stage. But these responses are nothing new, and to many, just the norm and what was expected of the biggest adversaries to the United States in recent years.

The opportunity ahead for democracy is already being taken, with a renewed statement of cooperation & special relationship between the Unites Kingdom and the Biden Administration, and a qualitative feeling among many leaders, that enough is enough in being agnostic whether to stay quiet or not on the subject of undemocratic populism.

Ultimately, like all governance systems set up since the start of humanity, only time will tell what happens next to democracy. January proved to be a moment of reflection, an undignified health check on the most liberal political governance system around the world. It will stand the test of time, if decisions are taken to strengthen democracy. Without action, democracy may evolve into a new version of itself.

Sources:

Council on Foreign Relations: https://www.cfr.org/event/future-democracy-around-world

The Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/capitol-riots-hurt-image-of-u-s-democracy-allies-fear-as-rivals-gloat-11610042467

Politico: https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-us-capitol-hill-riot-online-disinformation-qanon/

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