Today, September 15, is the United Nations (UN) observed International Day of Democracy - a fitting time to reflect on this system of government that many of us have embraced as humanity's most apt to governance, but a system under extraordinary pressure, in this era.
Toward the strengthening of Democracy, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is quoted on un.org as naming "tackling economic and political inequality" as means to easing the stress upon system.
The UN chief admitted that Democracy "is showing greater stain than at any time in decades". But he stressed that "working for a future that leaves no one behind, requires everyone to consider essential questions, such as: what impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation? How do we best harness the potential on new technologies while avoiding the dangers? How do we build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public's aspirations?"
While the UN chief has raised rational measures and questions to strengthening and preserving democracy, he omitted the fact that today, one of the greatest threats to Democracy come from the disassembly of democratic systems by populists and nationalists, especially across Europe and in the Americas.
Whether in present day United States (US), or in Hungary or in Italy or in Poland, the system of democracy remains under pressure. Yet, if the inherent structure of Democracy holds true to the integrity of the system, then very soon, democracy could heal itself via the will and vote of the people. Happy International Day of Democracy!