Saturday, August 27, 2011

Test Post

Is Western democracy coming apart at the seams? A decade ago, only paranoid alarmists would have posed that question. Today, it may be an expression of cold, brutal realism. On both sides of the Atlantic -- from the fires that raged in large stretches of London, to the political chicanery that brought the U.S. economy to its knees in early August -- the institutional framework that came to define modern democracy in the 19th century is in deep trouble ... Faith in elected leaders and legislatures, the central and defining institutions of democracy, has never been lower. According to the Pew Research Center, the