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Youth lose confidence in democracy

Youth lose confidence in democracy

Jeickson Sulbaran

September 12, 2023 | 4:30 p.m.

The Open Society Foundations World Barometer has shaken the columns that support the temple of democracy. The trend is clear and disturbing: the confidence of YOUNG in democracies it is decreasing by leaps and bounds. Young people of generations Z and Millennial They no longer see democracy as a system that resolves their most immediate concerns, such as economic security, the climate crisis and corruption.

Disenchanted Generation: The Numbers Speak

El 42% of those under 36 years of age globally consider that a military dictatorship could be a better form of government. This alarming figure is complemented by 35% who prefer a civil but authoritarian regime. With this panorama, democracy is not only threatened, but its effectiveness as a solution to the emerging problems of the XNUMXst century is also called into question.

The Factors at Play

The new generations have grown up in a world that moves at the dizzying pace of technology and social networks. They have witnessed how political leaders, instead of solving problems, often exacerbated them. Political polarization, violence and insecurity have shaped their perception of governance, and many no longer believe that democracy is the solution.

Democracy vs. Effectiveness: The Battle of Perception

While democracies struggle with bureaucracy and polarization, authoritarian regimes present a unified front and faster decision-making. However, speed does not always equal efficiency. Examples such as the management of COVID-19 pandemic in China and Brazil They demonstrate that an authoritarian system can also fail miserably to address complex crises.

The Challenge of Immediacy

Young people live in a world where instant gratification is the norm. Democracy, with its deliberative processes and inherent slowness, seems obsolete in the face of the urgent challenges of the modern world. The essential question is how democracy can be adapted to meet expectations of efficiency without sacrificing the principles of equality, justice and citizen participation.

Whats Next? Redefining Democracy in the XNUMXst Century

The signal is clear: democracy must be renewed or face its gradual irrelevance. This means taking bold steps to restore trust, especially among young people. The future of democracy will not depend on the geostrategic battle between the great powers, but on their ability to offer tangible and meaningful solutions. to the new generations.

Time to Act

The alarm has already sounded and the time to act is now. Democratic institutions must look beyond electoral cycles and understand that the real fight is for the survival of the system. Today's leaders have the monumental task of restoring faith in democracy. Otherwise, future generations could very well divert the course of history toward less democratic and potentially more dangerous paths.

It's time to leave complacency behind. Democracy, as we know it, is at stake, and the solutions must be as transformative as the challenges we face.

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