Harvard researcher’s startling findings: Young people open to military rule

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From CBS News:

“A Harvard lecturer says liberal democracy may be at risk all over the world – including in the United States.

“[W]hat we’ve found over the last 15 – 20 years is that it no longer looks like democracy is the only game in town in the way it once was, that a lot of citizens of democratic countries are less satisfied with democracy, they think it’s less important to live in a democracy,” Yascha Mounk told CBSN’s Josh Elliott on Wednesday. “They’re more open to … alternatives to democracy, including extreme ones, like military rule.”

In Tuesday’s New York Times, Mounk shared some the startling results of his research into feelings toward democracy, including that 1 in 6 Americans now say that military rule would be a “good” or “very good” thing. In 1995, that number was 1 in 16.

Young people, in particular, seem increasingly open to alternatives to democracy, with only 19 percent of millennial Americans saying a military rule would be illegitimate. These trends are also taking hold in Europe, where 36 percent of millennials says a military takeover would be illegitimate, versus 53 percent of older Europeans.”

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