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Understanding democratic decline and working towards an inclusive future

By Sean Wilson      

Anyone keen to understand the threat to democracy and wanting to consider some important steps to creating a more inclusive society will find much food for thought in David Moscrop’s incisive primer.

While his overview of the challenges we face is astute and interesting, David Moscrop is most inspired when tackling the second part of his subtitle–how we might make better political decisions, writes Sean Wilson. Image courtesy of Goose Lane and Twitter

OTTAWA—It’s hardly news that there is a palpable sense of frustration and disconnection between citizens and their governments throughout what was once called ‘the free world.’ We are far from the glory days of ‘the end of history,’ when it seemed to many that we were seeing the end of totalitarianism and the beginning of a golden age for “peace, order, and good government.” Instead, we are confronted with the existential threat of climate change, growing inequality and increasing global instability alongside growing cynicism and a pervasive sense of powerlessness. These are difficult days, and in many ways, democracy seems to be in retreat.

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