The topic for tomorrow’s class discussion is a classic political question:

“Is democracy the best form of government?”

A response to this question should of course involve an idea of what democracy is or should be, as well as some idea of possible alternatives.

One particularly useful recent article is The Economist’s essay on the troubles that democracy as an ideal is facing.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the ‘winning’ of the Cold War by America has made capitalistic democracy in many ways the default ideal for most countries. Which other models resisted this, and how has this ideal been further challenged since?