Democracy and the Unconverted; Larry Diamond, Hoover

Sep 13, 02:40 AM
Photo:  Replica of the statue "Goddess of Democracy" from the Tian An Men square protests in 1989. Photo taken in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, during the commemoration event for the 21st anniversary of the massacre. Public domain.  MarsmanRom & Isa Ng - Own work
Democracy and the Unconverted. Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground. Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution
        Since the end of the Cold War, democracy has made many gains. But the fate of freedom is now hanging in the balance globally. With astonishing courage and resolve over the last several months, ordinary citizens in Algeria, Sudan, Venezuela, and Hong Kong—in numbers and creativity that nearly defy comprehension—have shown that aspirations for democracy did not die with the implosion of the Arab Spring in 2013 or the relentless, bullying rise of a neototalitarian China.
        In the face of sometimes brutal and even deadly state repression, the courageous mobilization of ordinary citizens . . .