The Rise Of Illiberal Democracy

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Reasearch Assignment When asked to define democracy most people assume a government in which the people of the nation vote for a president. After reading Fareed Zakaria’s, The Rise of Illiberal Democracy, I have learned that there are many categories of democracy. Democracy itself is, in fact, when the civilians of a nation hold multiparty elections to vote one person into power. For hundreds of years the meaning of democracy as “rule by the people”, according to Herodotus, has been widely used and is spreading. Although democracy may be extremely flawed and inefficient, many countries today have democratized. There are more specific terms to describe the type of democracy a nation is, based, unfortunately, on what the executive does with his/her power. To start off, liberalism, in the simplest form, describes a system that protects individuals from forceful compliance of its society, religion, or government. It emphasizes the belief that all humans are born with certain inalienable rights. The right to property, life, liberty, freedom of religion, and speech are some examples. On the other hand, illiberalism can be interpreted to mean the exact opposite of liberalism. There are no basic rights or freedoms. It is unjust and greedy. For decades Western democracies have been known to be liberal democracies. These countries not only hold multiparty elections, but also remember to give the people the civil liberties they deserve. Liberal democracies allow all adult