Which Are the Real “Illiberal Democracies”? - The Unz Review: Did you know that democracy is dying in Eastern Europe? That is the accepted consensus among the foreign policy establishment, from the New York Times and Washington Post to the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute and John McCain.
Well, it’s not exactly democracy that is dying. Even these critics admit that the Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) and Fidesz in Hungary have been democratically elected in free and fair elections and remain popular to this day. Rather, these states are said to be transforming into “illiberal democracies,” or countries where the majority rules but the government lacks traditional aspects of liberal democracy such as checks and balances and respect for civil rights.
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