Welcome to 2018 Summer Hybrid – LS 657: Challenges of Democracy
Final Week: Democracy and The World – Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Welcome to our final week. You’ve written great papers and shared them with the class; now, one final review. You decide whether it is U.S.-based or not.
Ben Moses, A Whisper to a Roar (2012)
– five interlaced documentaries rooted in Larry Diamond’s Spirit of Democracy
Watch the whole thing, or 000-25.00; 41-47; 1.02-1.30 – links below
What are the primary themes here? What happens next?
Egypt – 2011 “Arab Spring”: Mubarak out in Feb 2011;
presidential elections in 2012, June 2012 inauguration of Muhamed Morsi;
2013 July – military ouster of Morsi. And then…
Zimbabwe – 2009 Tsangvarai becomes PM; month later in car accident that kills his wife; 2013 Mugabe abolishes position of PM. And then…
Ukraine – 2004 – Orange Revolution then Timoshenko and Yushchenko oppose each other. 2010, Yanukovich elected. 2013-2014 protests against Yanukovich; Feb 2014 Yanukovich flees; interim “democratic” leader; Russia invades and takes Crimea. And then…
Malaysia – March 2014 – Anwar Ibrahim ‘s acquittal is reversed, faces return to prison. (Days later, MH370 disappears.) And then…
Venezuela – 2013 Chavez dies; replaced by Maduro, who lacks the narrative, charisma, of Chavez; mass protests 2014. And then…
FINAL WEEK: follow up on one of these cases, and talk about the Why? of whatever happened next OR
FINAL WEEK: You’ve seen five countries in trouble. With reference to one or more of the five cases in Whisper, talk about two strengths of Western democracy (including or not including the United States) and talk about two challenges or weaknesses of Western democracy (including or not including the United States – whatever you decided in the strengths section).
|It’s 90 minutes. The first few minutes (and the last couple) are a kind of weird Game of Thrones anime thing… let it go.
Watch for $2-$3 or so…
|Amazon Prime Video|
|Google Play Movies & TV|
You can put your responses in the box below, as usual. You are welcome but not required to comment on each others essays. You might be able to do a good job in 300-400 words; definite 600 word cap. Great if you can submit by Tuesday night, but definitely by Wednesday night, please. Enjoy! And thanks for a great semester