The Future of Freedom Essay

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The Future of Freedom

In his book, The Future of Freedom, Fareed Zakaria writes that we must make democracy safe for the world. The American democracy sets the standard around the world for liberal democracies, but transitions across for other countries across the world toward a liberal democracy is often difficult and with poor decision making, close to impossible. Liberal democracies are the systems in which people choose their government and live in an environment of freedom. In Zakaria's book, he warns the readers of several telltale signs that their process toward a liberal democracy is in trouble. He uses examples of different countries doing it right and doing it wrong- the ones discussed in this essay will be Russia
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Zakaria writes, "Yeltsin did little to build institutions in Russia. In fact he weakened almost all competing centers of power-the legislature, the courts, regional governors" (93). The problem with what Yeltsin did is that if the other branches are not strong and competing against each other, than it opens the government to corruption, and worst, a dictatorship. The founding fathers of America put in the checks and balances to avoid what Yeltsin did, and to promote active and healthy competition and to make sure that no branch could become too powerful.
Can Democracy ever be safe in Russia? With the dominating power within the presidential position in the Russian political system, Putin is trying to eliminate the corruption in Russian politics (Zakaria, 95). Zakaria writes, "But when Putin unleashes the secret police on businessmen or politicians whom he dislikes, he is undermining the law" (95). Political leaders fear if no one is there to check the president, no matter how corrupt they are, it opens the presidential seat to dictatorship (Zakaria, 95). Putin, however, believes order will bring about a liberal democracy. Maybe there is a chance for Russia to achieve a liberal democracy, but not by the means of how most want it. Strong leader leads to some stability, which leads to a stable economy, which leads to a liberal democracy. Zakaria writes that this is an illiberal democracy potentially leading to

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