A World Unsafe for Democracy

Bret Stephens: “How did the world become unsafe for democracy?”

“The striking finding in the Freedom House report is that the global erosion of political liberty is largely taking place in the democracies. People are losing faith in freedoms that no longer seem to deliver on the promise of a safer, richer, fuller, fairer life.”

“If Americans can’t be persuaded of the merits and decency of our system, why should anyone else? If the winner of a U.S. presidential election is a man who embarrasses—or terrifies—much of the free world, how do we make the case to ordinary Russians or Chinese that the road of democracy isn’t simply the way of the buffoon?”

“Americans used to care deeply about the future of freedom in the world. Lose the care, risk the freedom.”

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