On Tuesday, May 22 @ 7:00 PM, in the Civic Center Library's Storytime Room, the Political Issues Book Club will discuss How Democracies Die by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. They believe Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger?
Levitsky and Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang--in a revolution or military coup--but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die--and how ours can be saved.