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How Democracies Die

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ClassGraphic Have you ever wondered why some democracies die? If so, this is the study group for you. Our readings (provided by the co-coordinators) will be selected excerpts from the 2018 bestseller "How Democracies Die," by two Harvard professors of government. We will examine various countries, emphasizing the U.S. To understand the variety of challenges democratic nations confront, we will study examples of violent, non-violent, constitutional, and extra-constitutional assaults that democracies have faced. Time and again the course material will show that a serious challenge to democracy is rarely perceived as such at the time it begins. Somewhat counterintuitively, we will also learn and discuss how a societal development which has many good features may also eventually manifest other features that can endanger democracy. Thankfully, not all assaults on democracies are successful, as we will learn by studying how some challenges were defeated. Join us for a discussion on how to better understand the warning signs of assaults on democracies, how some existing dangers arose from initially benign developments, and how threats may be overcome before it is too late.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Fri

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.David Borosh2.Joel Weiss 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/8/2022 - 7/29/2022 Weekly - Fri 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Joel Weiss  ; David Borosh 
/*NOV 14 2020*/