August 24th, 2013
11:11 PM ET

Why discontent may be good thing in long run

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

By Fareed Zakaria

We are watching a season of discontent in the world of young democracies, from Egypt to Turkey to Brazil. Protests, marches, and of course, one coup. As we watch the turbulence around the globe I think about our own democratic journey and how interesting it is that the distinctive feature of the American system is not how democratic it is but rather how undemocratic it is.

Hear me out. We have three co-equal branches of government and on the one with the final say on many issues, the Supreme Court, is composed of 9 unelected men and women. The American senate is the most unrepresentative upper house in the democratic universe, with the exception of Britain's House of Lords, which is of course utterly powerless. California's 38 million people have the same representation in the senate as do Wyoming's 576,000. State and local governments battle federal power. Private businesses and other nongovernmental groups, are also part of this mix.

For more on this, read my essay, "The Rise of Illiberal Democracy."

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  1. sand

    your right there is especially lots of discontent in the west now that it is bankrupt and has enormous unemployment so the only solution is that the Chinese take over and all the western people are killed and thrown into the ocean.

    August 25, 2013 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • Isabella

      Your comment is not constructive, it's imaginary or even a wishful statement without truthful substance .. I think that China is a worthy country, however it learned from the West to become materialistic and enterprising. If we wish to make changes in the world, we must not only search for the mistakes, but also introduce the achievements.

      August 25, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • George patton

        Outside of a lot of death and destruction, just what accomplishments did the West contribute to the world lately, Isabella? I can't think of any offhand, can you? I don't consider building machines that kill people to be any kind of accomplishment but I guess you do, don't you?

        August 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
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    August 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  6. Phelix Unger

    This country sorely needs a lot of discontent when it comes to dragging us into another stupid, senseless war! We need to get together and vote these right-wing parasites out of office and elect intellectuals in their places. Unfortunately, due to the ignorance of the people on the whole, this will never happen. It's this kind of ignorance that will in the long run bring this country down!

    August 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
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  10. j. von hettlingen

    Discontent is human and sees many forms – self- or socially related. In a democracy one can air one's discontent in public and urge for changes or improvements. In countries under an autocratic regime, any public expression of discontent means looking for trouble.

    August 27, 2013 at 6:58 am | Reply
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