Separation of Powers and Democratic Erosion (06:56)
Democracy is in a pre-crisis era; as the generational gradient reverses, younger generations lose faith in institutions. America separates power between legislative, executive, and judicial branches and federal, state, and local levels. Several war acts from 1950 to 2020 went without Congressional approval.
Influencing Democracy: The Press (10:52)
A free press keeps governments accountable, encourages transparency, and informs citizens; many presidents have had contentious relationships with journalists. Recently, sources seem endless and broadly categorized, containing uncontextualized information designed to illicit emotional reactions; outlets present news as entertainment or sport.
Influencing Democracy: Technology (06:01)
The internet encourages social disengagement, reinforcing opinions by catering public information; Big Data detects and uses an individual’s biases. In 2016, Cambridge Analytica harvested Facebook profiles, creating pro-Trump ads; Russia used social media to conduct misinformation campaigns.
Influencing Democracy: Partisan Politics (04:55)
Political opinions are more important than ever. Citizens see the demise of one party as the other’s success, but democracy requires cooperation and civil discussion. Two party systems become divisive, exaggerating differences and demonizing opposition.
Influencing Democracy: Racism (05:32)
Communication standards cause disenfranchised groups to go unheard; white supremacy gives many privileges and some disadvantages. Black Lives Matter started in 2014; America is the most integrated democratic state, but societally incorporates some minorities better than others.
Influencing Democracy: Citizen Powers (11:41)
America’s democracy enables citizens to change government by voting. The Electoral College was intended to prevent Populists from gaining power, but not for partisan systems. Voters must fight to be heard, holding elected officials accountable. Civil rights leaders pushed legislation, drawing media attention through action.
Retaining Democracy: Citizen Obligations (06:26)
Social behaviors are learned; citizens require education on how to value and participate in democracy. American public schools were created to inform constituents; voters must be persistent in protecting civil rights.
Credits: Part 3: The Way Forward (Dismantling Democracy) (02:48)
Credits: Part 3: The Way Forward (Dismantling Democracy)
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