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Democracy is broke. Here’s how to fix it

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 March 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: democracy, family, The Economist, virtue
People are dying in the name of democracy while others are disenchanted. What has gone wrong?

Democracy in times of crisis

John Keane | 26 February 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, democracy
Without strong leaders democracies can only muddle through.

Defending human dignity and democracy in Europe

Sophia Kuby | 09 January 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: abortion, democracy, Estrela report, European Parliament
The defeat of a radical report in the European Parliament has encouraged the pro-family alliance across Europe.

Why do we bother to vote?

John Armstrong | 06 September 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Australia, democracy, politics
As Australians queue up to cast their votes in a Federal election, it's time to pose the timeless question.

“I am worried about the future,” says Egyptian analyst

Mirette Mabrouk | 16 August 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: democracy, Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt cannot survive without political reconciliation, but the possibility of this is looking increasingly remote.

Egypt on the brink

Mirette Mabrouk | 05 July 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: democracy, Egypt
Has democracy been saved from a democratically-elected government? No one knows, says an Egyptian analyst.

Ageing Matilda and the threat to democracy

Luke Kemp | 30 April 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Australian politics, democracy, intergenerational equity
A young Australian argues that youth interests need protection against an emerging gerontocracy.

Will Malaysia’s elections bring an Asian Spring?

Tim Lee | 19 April 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Arab Spring, democracy, Malaysia
Citizens are weary of the politics of patronage, giving the opposition a fighting chance to win.

Should 16-year-olds be able to vote?

Shawn Murphy | 02 November 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: democracy, franchise, Scotland, teenagers
Scotland's 16 and 17-year-olds will be casting their votes in a referendum on independence. Why not elsewhere?

Will Salafism blight the Arab Spring?

Kamran Bokhari | 04 October 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: Arab Spring, democracy, Islam, Salafism
An austere and aloof movement within Islam could derail democratic gains.

Chaos on the streets of Montreal

Margaret Somerville | 12 June 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: Canada, democracy, Quebec
This summer’s puzzling and sometimes violent protests may foreshadow what could happen in democratic societies without a consensus on values.

What is there to hide?

Margaret Somerville | 04 June 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: abortion, Canada, democracy, privacy
Canadian democracy is the loser after Ontario amended its freedom of information act to exempt abortion statistics.

Abdicating the rule of law

James S. Cole | 07 March 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: 2012 elections, democracy, US
The Obama Administration and some state officials are ruling by executive decree. Would the Founding Fathers have approved?

From law to decree

Angelo M. Codevilla | 21 February 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: democracy, Obama politics, rule of law
Obama's health care act shows that decrees issued by government bureaucrats have displaced the rule of law.

How hedonism became America’s official religion

Jennifer Roback Morse | 09 February 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: democracy, Obama politics, religion
An edict from the Obama administration has ended the American experiment in religious liberty.

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