Last Thursday, we invited Prof. Hanna Lerner to give a lecture on the state of democracy in the world and the ramifications of the proposed legal reforms for our democracy here in Israel.
As the Head of the School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs at Tel Aviv University, her lecture was enlightening, clearly explaining why democracy is vital for the health of a nation.
Here are some key takeaways:
✰ Democracy is when the state and its government work on behalf of ALL people. This is not just the majority, but rather the courts are designed to also protect the minority – regardless of their political affiliation.
✰ Early signs of democracy crumbling include hurried legislation, polarization of popular opinion and restriction of protests and the media.
✰ Democratic decline leads to economic decline…
✰ Businesses need diversity to flourish, both in management and in society.
✰ Strong checks and balances assure the government serves all people, beyond its own political interests.
Today, many of us are privileged to live in a democracy. This is not something we should take lightly, and it is our responsibility to demand and ensure our governments are held accountable so we can live in a healthy society for all.
Thank you Prof. Lerner for laying out the facts so well!