Under President Trump, the United States is slipping towards an illiberal democracy
. The erratic US president governs with a dictatorial leadership style, advances the alternative fact campaign that suppresses truth and press freedom, and makes repeated, humiliating speeches or running comments deeply hurting ethnic minorities, females, religious groups and foreign leaders in the name of making America great again.
Since there is no discipline there are no strong institutions without which as per Fareed Zakaria a democracy degenerates into illiberal democracy
, which is a system worse than autocracy.
We have reached an era first predicted by Indian-American journalist, author and broadcaster, Fareed Zakariya in a paper written in 1997--'an age of illiberal democracy
The hard-line nationalists took 30 per cent of the vote in Italy (the Lega), 32 per cent in the UK (the Brexit Party), 45 per cent in Poland (the Law and Justice Party), and 52 per cent of the votes in Viktor Orban's 'illiberal democracy
' in Hungary.
We are now in a state of illiberal democracy
,' said Villarin.
After all, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban openly dreams of establishing an "illiberal democracy
" in which a majority can run roughshod over the rights of minorities.
Fareed Zakaria in his book, How diversity can rescue democracy, says we are living in an era of illiberal democracy
, as independent institutions in countries from Venezuela to Poland, Hungary and the Philippines to Turkey are being undermined.
An illiberal democracy
is a state where free elections determine who rules, but where democratic mandates are used to violate constitutional rights of certain citizens, normally belonging to minority, ethnic groups.
Bangladesh will have to live through its ignominy of being an illiberal democracy
for a foreseeable future!
Faced with such constant supply of war fuel, the soft state model of governance by an illiberal democracy
is a sure recipe for chaos and disorder.' Clearly there are issues that need to be handled by the State.
A case in point: the striking tilt toward "illiberal democracy
" and authoritarian capitalism that has gained momentum across the world since the early 2000s.