Amanda Taub, in an eye-opening piece for the NYT:
Across numerous countries, including Australia, Britain, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, the
percentage of people who say it is “essential” to live in a
democracy has plummeted, and it is especially low among younger
The graph showing the results for this question is terrifying.
Support for autocratic alternatives is rising, too. Drawing on
data from the European and World Values Surveys, the researchers
found that the share of Americans who say that army rule would be
a “good” or “very good” thing had risen to 1 in 6 in 2014,
compared with 1 in 16 in 1995.
That trend is particularly strong among young people. For
instance, in a previously published paper, the researchers
calculated that 43 percent of older Americans believed it was
illegitimate for the military to take over if the government were
incompetent or failing to do its job, but only 19 percent of
millennials agreed. The same generational divide showed up in
Europe, where 53 percent of older people thought a military
takeover would be illegitimate, while only 36 percent of
Militaries that answer to democratic civilian authority are the bedrock of Western civilization.
★ Tuesday, 29 November 2016