We celebrate and participate in democracy, the idea that the people (the demos) rule the political community by the election of leadership by a majority of the whole population. As Lincoln put it, “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Long ago Plato predicted that democracy would degenerate into tyranny and last year Madeline Albright warned us that we as a democracy were sliding into fascism. While they have their differences, both tyranny and fascism are forms of authoritarianism, that is, a political form organized around blind submission to authority, where authority is a single individual or a small elite group who are not constitutionally responsible or constrained. What is it about democracy that leads to this degeneration? What is so attractive about authoritarianism?
Harold Baillie, Ph.D. will present the issues and open the floor to questions and discussion.