A democracia não está morrendo. Foi o neoliberalismo que fracassou.
Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira
Aprovado para publicação em Lua Nova - Revista de Cultura e Política
The thesis that democracy is slowly dying applies to countries like Hungary, Poland and Turkey; not to rich countries whose democracy is consolidated for structural reasons and for the interests involved. Democracy was a conquest of the people that bothers the elites, but neither they nor the people want to replace it with an authoritarian regime. This thesis diverts attention from the real problem that developed countries face, which is the failure of neoliberalism and the neoclassical economics that justifies it. It is this failure, the increase in political exiles and immigrants, and the perplexity of the wealthy world at China's developmentalism that are giving rise to right-wing populism and widespread malaise in the West.