Available data from around the globe supports this argument: Regimes tend to be democratic in proportion to its people’s support for emancipative values. Similar data from the 1970s and 1980s also exhibits this pattern. Interestingly, there was a group of “incongruent” countries at the time—including Argentina, Chile, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the Philippines, South Africa, and Uruguay—whose regimes were much more autocratic than the (relatively emancipative) values held by their respective populaces. By no coincidence, all these countries have since transitioned to democracy.
Democracy is starting to sound like an investment portfolio. Don’t look at what the market is doing week-to-week or even year-to-year, but over a longer period. Its as I tell designers stuck in the weeds of a problem, “pull up.”➵