Democracy Is Still the Answer: Authoritarianism is not the cure for illiberalism

Even as a staunch supporter of democracy for all, I will concede this point I say anything else: democracy has some troublesome flaws. And currently some of those flaws have contributed to a disturbing trend in some Middle Eastern states—the trend of growing illiberal, Islamist political parties, organizations, and ideologies.

In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood now holds substantial power, with the even more extreme Salafist party holding an unnerving amount of government positions as well.… [Read more]

A Round Of Applause For President Obama

In a world of headlines that change from hour to hour, it is a struggle to keep up even with the volatile ‘now’. Everything needs to be condensed in sound bites and judged in isolation rather than correlation. However, from time to time, it is imperative that we look back — to at least the recent past — to determine how it shaped the ‘now’.… [Read more]