Authoritarianism

If twenty years ago it was a default that democracy is a good system of governance, then the tables are turned today. In my class on development the majority of students, most of whom come from the Global South, did not see democracy as essential to development. In other words, democracy was neither an end nor a means for them when it came to development, even defined in broader terms such as subjective well-being. Questions abandoned on what a democracy was and how to know it when you saw one. This concerned the majority of students, there were a few hands here and there still believing in it, the Westerners. This is a remarkable change in attitudes and can also be reflected in the current world affairs. A recent “fresh out of oven” episode of John Oliver on Authoritarianism comes in handy here. I embed it for all you to watch. Enjoy!

Farhad

Assistant Professor at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands

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