About the Threats to Democracy

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Democracy is in a constant struggle for survival. One cannot turn one's back on it and expect it to take care of itself. Even in old, stable democracies, there will always be people who think they deserve more privileges than others, or that their specific way of life or ideology is the only right one, and that everybody else must adhere to it too. Democracy has to protect itself from this. But it must do so by humanistic and democratic means.

In new and vulnerable democracies the threats are even bigger.

Add to this the threats to democracy from the nation states that are not democratic, and that do not wish to see democracy spread any further.

All in all the threats against democracy are diverse and many. Totalitarian ideologies, religious fundamentalism, and a globalized corporate business world with flawed ethics are just some of the threats against democracy from the outside and from within.

Next chapter: Totalitarian Ideologies