Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer on the Supreme Court purge in Poland and why it matters.

What We Can Learn From Poland’s Descent Into Authoritarianism

What We Can Learn From Poland’s Descent Into Authoritarianism

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 5 2018 8:10 PM

How Quickly We Forget

Poland’s authoritarian streak shows how the benefits of democracy are soon forgotten.

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People demonstrate to support the Polish Supreme Court justice president in front of Poland’s Supreme Court in Warsaw on Wednesday.

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Let us next turn to the Supreme Court—not in America, but Poland, where the right-wing government is forcing nearly 40 percent of judges into retirement. Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer says the country’s latest swerve toward authoritarianism proves that democracy can erode just about anywhere.

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